More on the "Koran needs to be flushed" church
According to Jesus, we should love our neighbor and our enemy.
Rev. Creighton Lovelace of Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City, North Carolina, has placed his American patriotism ahead of his Christianity, or at the very least horribly mixed the two by placing the "Koran should be flushed" sign outside his church.
First of all, does he speak for the entire church or Baptist convention, or for that matter, all Christians? I'm going to go with a "no", since there are rarely such absolutes.
Does he give that impression? Yes.
Additionally, acknowledging the right to free speech, is this morally right? Did Jesus condemn others? Um... I'm going with a "no" on that one.
If the pastor felt called to state this loving message of acceptance and compassion, would it have been better off as a sticker on his bumper or a sign in his yard? Yes.
Would it still make him a bigot who's casting his sins at a lower importance than others by judging them? All "signs" seemingly point in the positive direction for that one.
Surprisingly Richard Land gets it right:
"If we want other people to respect our religious symbols and documents we need to respect the symbols and documents that they believe are sacred... What positive purpose does this serve? None. It's not going to make it easier to evangelize Muslims or foster respect for our religious beliefs."
And sadly Rev. Lovelace doesn't:
"We are all told to be tolerant...You can be tolerant of other people, but that doesn't mean you have to accept anything that teaches against what is in the Bible."
It doesn't mean you have to wholesale condemn others either. That'll win 'em to the Lord!