Little churches full of little minds – is yours?
September 8, 2010
By Pastor Lee Hemen
We may want to dismiss what a Florida pastor is doing in burning the Koran on Saturday, but we would do well to ponder our own inactivity. Not, necessarily in burning another religion’s holy book, but rather in our own pathetic witness to the world concerning Jesus.
Interestingly, Terry Jones, pastor of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL, is not the first pastor to burn the Koran but he has gotten the 15 minutes of fame he wanted for his stupid stunt. The media has made this into an issue, that it would never have been, and this pastor knew they would. He is a diabolical idiot. He is diabolical, as from the Greek root “diabolos” referring to demonic, and an idiot because of his sophomoric actions. He has just made it a lot tougher for missionaries on the field to witness to Muslims, made it harder for our soldiers to be safe, and has totally disdained the cause of Christ. He knew that by burning the Koran, which Islam considers the very words of God, would bring this kind of uproar. The narrow-mindedness of a religion stuck in the Dark Ages and populated by large numbers of mind-numbed illiterates that Islam can invoke into religious holy hysteria will produce the wrong kind of response. Jones actions do not further the cause of Jesus Christ.
While Christians view the Bible as the Word of God, we do not hold the book to the same standard Islam does the Koran. God’s Word for us is placed in our hearts and minds and not on some page. Jesus is the embodiment of, fulfillment of, and the incarnate Word of God. Every Bible could be destroyed and Christ and his gospel would remain.
For Islam, you can see that their faith is misplaced by their ungodly attitude toward the Koran. It is idol worship in the extreme. God’s words can never be destroyed (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33). Sadly, however, we as believers allow the Word of God, Jesus, to be disrespected and disparaged and we do nothing. We weakly smile and guiltily turn away in shame because we know we should do something, but most of us are spiritual cowards and cowed by actually standing up for our Lord. I believe that this is tacitly what this pastor and congregation suffer from. They are only a fifty-member church for a reason.
I also found it quite telling that those who claim “Christ” and were most vocal about the Koran being burned are nowhere in sight when Jesus is mocked by the media or Hollywood elite. The National Council of Churches and the National Evangelical Association ran to the cameras to voice their concern over the burning of Korans, but we hear little from them when Jesus is mocked. We have a President that is quick to condemn this church, but silent on having a day of prayer, invoking the Lord’s name, or even going to church regularly. He loves to endorse other faith practices, but like most Christians of our day, is deadly silent concerning his own.
On Sunday, I will have a video reminder of what occurred on September 11th and will lead my church in prayer to overcome evil with good, to witness, and to share the gospel to everyone until the whole world comes to Christ. While we may shake our heads over the small-mindedness of a pathetic pastor in a tiny church down South, we as Christians would do well to remember who the Word of God is, live like it, and begin to share it as we were commanded to do by Jesus.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.