I was disgusted, totally disgusted to see the news about this church in Florida setting out to burn Qurans.
Just to weed out anyone who might be mistaken, this post is for those who call themselves disciples, or followers of Christ. I’ve got something to say to you, and I hope it comes out clear.
- one of the 12 personal followers of Christ, one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1,any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime
- any follower of Christ.
- ( initial capital letter ) a member of the Disciples of Christ.
- a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower: a disciple of Freud.
That’s from Dictionary.com. It’s interesting how the word typically and universally is indicative of a ‘follower’ of Christ.
Because of our culture that is bent on using intense words for everything, most people don’t realize the fullness of the word. I’d like to focus on #4 for my purposes; an adherent to the doctrines of another; follower…
For those who support what Jones and his church are doing… for those who would consider doing likewise, and taking on their mentality, I challenge you to ask yourself, point blank, “Do I look like Christ? Do I adhere to His teachings?” and even further… “Do I do what He did?”
Christ stood in the face of some of the sickest and most horrific atrocities in history. The Roman police state that the Jews were held under in His time was a veritable terrorist society. To keep the people from rising, they kept them in fear. The soldiers would nail people to crosses for fun in their boredom. They would affix them to city walls in disgusting positions just for their amusement.
Christ understood terrorism, and he never, ever, once used their tactics.
Never did He say, as this Jones has said, “Enough is enough, we’re taking a stand and pushing back.” And stooped to their level.
Even when falsely accused and when treated brutally by authorities, though innocent, He stayed peaceable.
Why? Because He had a vision of something far higher. A truly better way. He knew that the concept of an eye for an eye would never end in the loving and living Kingdom of God in the earth. He sought after a greater freedom, and did not flinch, nor hardly speak up about such matters.
He was teaching something greater. He was teaching that a life laid down for both enemies and friends, is a life well lived. A life given away to the purposes of the God of all creation is the only life worth living.
So, before you jump on this hateful bandwagon, ( and mind you, I haven’t even mentioned the fact that this whole Quran burning business is totally opposed to that little, ‘love your enemies’ thing Jesus seemed to like to talk about) think through who you’re following. Are you a son of hell, or a child of the Most High God? Are you a student in a school trying to bring about a kingdom who’s reign will never end? Are you a peacemaker?