I know I said “enough” yesterday with my post on burning the koran, but I came across this article put out yesterday and decided it was too good to pass up. It’s written by dare 2 share founder Greg Steir.
I once pulled a lion’s tail at the zoo just to see what would happen. The results were not good. Suffice it to say that in the terrifying moments that followed I almost lost control of my bodily functions. I have never heard a lion roar from two miles away, let alone two feet away. Take my word for it, angry lions roar loudly when they want to eat you.
The first and most obvious lion is that of all those already jolly for jihad. If this renegade preacher chooses butane over brains, he will ignite not just a pile of holy books but unholy hatred for American Christianity in much of the Islamic world. Pastor Pyro and his friends will most certainly become the Al Qaeda Poster Boys for thousands upon thousands of potential terrorists who are looking for every reason to hate followers of Jesus even more. And for the anti-jihad Muslim, this act of provocation will reinforce the stereotype of the anti-Muslim Christian.
By the way, I wasn’t a three-year-old toddler or a thirteen-year-old teenager when I tugged on the tail. No, I was a thirty-year-old pastor out enjoying a date at the zoo with my soon-to-be-embarrassed wife.
Why do I bring this up? Because I’m sure that you, like me, have heard all about another not-well-thought-out idea from the pastor in Florida who has got a love for matches and a hatred for the Koran. On September 11, he and his gullible followers have been planning on burning a pile of Korans during what they have dubbed “Burn a Koran Day” But now they are re-considering.
Wait, maybe they’re not. Wait, maybe they are. I guess we will find out on September 11.
CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, The Christian Post and a host of other news outlets wait with bated breath on what this camera-happy man of the cloth will decide. Will his Saturday be smoking or non-smoking? Oh, the drama of it all!
Now I’m not real bright myself (I did just admit to pulling a lion’s tail), but here’s a good basic rule of thumb: if it is something that Hitler is more likely to do than Jesus, it’s probably a bad idea.
Isn’t the way of Jesus found in Matthew 5:43-45 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven”?
And then there is Paul’s command in Romans 12:17-21 – “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live atpeace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Here’s the problem: when good pastors go bad and repay evil for evil, they pull the lion’s tail. Actually, if this pastor in Florida decides to go through with “Burn the Koran” day, he will be pulling the tail of three distinct and dangerous lions in one fell swoop.