Making an effort to justify his plan to burn the Koran, Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center, said in an interview that he believes Islam and the Koran are that dangerous of a religion and that drastic means are necessary. I would agree on both counts. I think that religion is dangerous and I agree that drastic means are necessary.
I don't agree with his conclusion. Burning Islam's holy book would not be--my opinion--the route of drastic means. While I don't believe most Muslims are vicious or dangerous, I do think we are most naive to shrug our shoulders in "oh well" as the radicals continue their conquest of the world nation by nation. This is a serious matter.
So how should we react, respond, or take our stance. I would look at our leader. Would Jesus burn the Koran? I don't think he would. Rather, I think he would be in Muslim gatherings, open their Book, read a passage from it, and then teach them his ways from their book.
That drastic means are necessary, I agree with Pastor Jones. However, what Jesus would do is not burn the book. He would teach from it. More, he would lay down his life for the Muslim world. He already did and that is our appropriate (and drastic) next move. In essence God burned his own son (in public square) to save all brands from weird and weak religions.
We are to take up our crosses....for our enemies...meaning we would die that they might have life. This is the drastic God would call. Do you think?
Mike was a Muslim cab driver in Atlanta as he drove Jason Thornton and me to the airport. I wanted into Mike's heart and began inquiring of his faith. He explained a few highlights. I asked how they rid themselves of sin? Who died and rose again that their sins could be fully paid off? His response was that they did good works. Again, I inquired as to how they paid for sins they could not pay for in good works. So far, he said, he has worked hard to pay off all.
As we were parting, Mike admitted their was one sin that he could not seem to rid. He inquired as to whether this Jesus could pay for that one. Of course he could.
I want to reach effectively but feel out of my league when it comes to reaching this massive Muslim world. Even my writings appear weak and insipid. But the threat of burning the Koran has served a good purpose. It has awakened me to my own feebility.
This proposed act is not acceptable. Yet, what is less acceptable is my awareness of this religion's radical danger and I've made little move to do anything about it. I do believe that to burn the Koran is to play with a very dangerous fire.