Moral Contradictions

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

More on the "Koran needs to be flushed" church

According to the First Amendment, we have the freedom of speech. (As an aside, the First Amendment states that Congress should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, but that's another story.)

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!

3 Comments:

  • Muslims will never be evangelized.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, May 28, 2005 12:22:00 PM  

  • I don't want to come across as someone who doesn't respect other faiths... yet "never" is a very strong word that is easy to defy.

    You're entitled to your opinion, even if it's quite negative.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Saturday, May 28, 2005 3:42:00 PM  

  • Nice site, Nathan. I'm not a religious person, but I agree w/you. Too many "Christians" adhere to the Old Testament mentality, and with that view, Christianity is eating itself from within. If any example is to be followed, and if a person condiders them a "follower of Christ," then one would expect them to follow the examples he set in the New Testament.
    But what's also funny, I read a verse a long time ago (and I wish I had the book, chapter, etc; but I do know it was in the Old Testament of all places) that talks about God punishing the "purposeful ignorant." What that means to me is, if a Muslim truly believes in what they do, regardless of knowing about Christianity, he's not being a purposeful ignorant, his heart tells him what he beilieves to be true. To put this in a better perspective, a purposeful ignorant person is one who knows what's going on and in his heart knows it's wrong but chooses to do nothing about it.
    By your blog here, your heart tells you something is wrong and you're doing something about it. The "Christians" who allow this hate to go on are the actual purposeful ignorants.

    By Anonymous tayker, at Monday, May 30, 2005 8:21:00 AM  

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