Last Wednesday I asked the question “Would Jesus burn a Koran?” I was responding to recent events in the news regarding Terry Jones and his Gainesville, FL church. Jones and company will be hosting Burn a Koran Day on September 11th, marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.
That post was somewhat stream of conscience as I worked through the issues and hoped we would all arrive at the same conclusion. I have worked those ideas into a sermon, with more focus on exactly what Jesus would do and why. The major points are:
- In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches us to live counter-culturally. He speaks on anger, retaliation, going the extra mile, turning the other cheek, and the golden rule.
- When the Samaritan woman at the well asks about where to worship, Jesus tells her that the day is coming when God’s followers will not worship in this temple or on that mountain, but in spirit and truth. He ignores her “religion” question and instead shares the Gospel.
- When Jesus is arrested and tried, and ultimately crucified, he is silent like a lamb led to slaughter. He tells Peter in the garden to put away his sword, does not answer his false accusers, and even prays for those hanging him on the cross.
In Jesus sermons, teachings, and most importantly his actions, he is humble and has the heart of a servant. Jesus is not cowardly or timid. We are told not to have a spirit of fear, but to boldly proclaim the Gospel. But Christians are not to be instigaters; we don’t start things. Vengence belongs to the Lord. You can’t share the Gospel with a Muslim (or Jew, or atheist, or non believer) after you have purposefully offended him greatly. Jesus would not burn a Koran, and a follower that is Christ-like will not either.
Hear the sermon now:
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