by Charles Redfern
Some Christians are speaking out against the Dove World Outreach Center’s plan to burn the Qur’an this upcoming September 11 — but, as Jennifer S. Bryson indicates, we need more than tut-tut position statements. We need a counter-movement: a movement that lifts up the One defines himself as “love,” a movement that declares, in no uncertain terms, that Christians love Muslims despite their important disagreements. We need a “Christians Love Muslims Month.” I called for that last week. I call for it again.
Kudos to John Rankin, who argues against this outrage in a series of blogs. He has also offered to debate the Center’s pastor, Terry Jones. Notice that the city of Gainesville refused Dove a burning permit; its insurance company cancelled its policy; and the bank has called in the mortgage. Typically, Jones has become more adamant. He and his followers are positioning themselves as martyrs.
Kudos also fly toward Skye Jethani, an evangelical pastor who offers a wiser response to the proposed Islamic Center near New York’s Ground Zero.
Rankin and Jethani are doing their job. Let’s do ours. Let’s go viral with a movement proclaiming Christ’s love for Muslims. Send this link to anyone and everyone: https://charlesredfern.com/2010/08/25/a-time-to-love-the-muslims/
Let’s end the hate monger’s monopoly over Christian speech. Let’s take the initiative. If not now, then when?