Apparently a Florida church will be burning Qur’ans on the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. The church’s pastor, Terry Jones, is justifying the action as a memorial to those who perished in the tragedy nine years ago, and to send a belligerent warning to extremist Islam.
I find this kind of behaviour quite ridiculous and foolish. In no way does it adorn the gospel. On the contrary, it sends a message of hate and undermines the basic Christian ethic of love. To love others does not mean you must accept their views or agree with them. Evangelical Christianity has major theological issues with Islam and the Qur’an. However, this does not mean that Christians cannot love Muslims. I will in no way be surprised to find Muslims of all varieties taking major offence at this action, and they will be justified in their angst and unease.
If there is any offence to be had, let it not come from the behaviour of Christians. Rather, let it come from the gospel itself: that the Christ died to save sinners.