Disagreement + Disrespect = Disobedience
I am not completely certain that this formula is ALWAYS true but it seems to me that it is almost ALWAYS ALWAYS true. This morning as I flipped news channels I quickly started becoming sick of watching this pastor in Florida talk about burning Quran’s.
I would love to know how this pastor believes that God told him and his ‘church’ to hold a “Burn the Quran Day’. Even more, I would love to know how this pastor thinks he will hear God tell him to cancel the festivities, since this is the only way he will dissuaded from going forward.
There seems to be an absolute unwillingness on this mans part to listen to counsel of others, whether that comes from government, military, and even the evangelical community at large. This man and his church have positioned themselves as renegades, faithful only to their private interpretation of how things should go.
This doesn’t seem to me to be the way of Jesus. Jesus commands us to love our enemies, check this out…
Matthew 5:43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
This also doesn’t seem to be the way Paul followed Christ’s teachings either…
1 Corinthians 5:12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside…
I am not saying that we should not disagree with things contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we should always stand on truth. However, I am saying that if our standing for truth requires that we disrespect others, their beliefs, and things that they deem holy, then we are not only behaving rude we are actually rebelling against Jesus who calls us to reach out in love.
I would love to know your thoughts on this…Agree or disgree??? (just be nice!)