There is an old saying that goes “You can’t believe everything you hear.” In this day and age, what with viral videos, soundbite political ads, Twittering, mass e-mail forwards and ever-shortening attention spans, we do tend to believe everything we hear. Research is time consuming and considered perhaps somewhat unnecessary in the information age. This is especially true if a piece of information creates an emotional response. We hear something that makes us mad, and in a blind rage forward e-mails, talk out of our heads, or fire off a heated blog post. Does it matter whether or not the info is true?
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. Continue reading →
Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, FL, has declared 9/11 “Burn a Koran Day.” Publicizing the event has earned Jones multiple death threats, and many have threatened to burn down his church as well. Jones is also the author of “Islam is of the Devil,” and his church has a large sign out front that reads the same. You can read more on the event here. Many Christian groups have tried to convince the church to cancel the event, still scheduled to take place next month. Continue reading →