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Copyright: ©2010 James J. Jackson
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'AN EYE FOR AN EYE' BLINDS US ALL TO GOD'S LOVE

By: James J. Jackson

In an attempt to give an ‘eye for an eye’ response to the 911 attacks, The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida initiated “International Burn A Quran Day” September 11, 2010, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the failed attempted attack on the nation’s capitol.

 

The event is promoted on the church’s website and on their Facebook page.  It invites all Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at their churches from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The pastor, Terry Jones and his church believe that Islam is a deceptive and violent religion of the devil, and is causing billions of people to go to hell. Jones authored the book, “Islam is of the Devil,” and his church sells coffee mugs, t-shirts and other items featuring the phrase.

 

It certainly is not difficult (from a human perspective) to understand the anger and hatred many people feel over the murder of nearly 3,000 people who simply went to work that morning with no apprehension about being attacked by commercial airliners.

 

The airline passengers began their journeys uneventfully, only to watch in horror as Islamic terrorists commandeered the planes and flew them into buildings. After hearing of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the heroic passengers on Flight 93 fought back and diverted the plane into the ground in a Pennsylvania field, killing all aboard, but saving the lives of countless others, including legislators and our leaders within the Capitol grounds.

 

It is difficult to remain quiet as an Islamic cleric, who has made anti-American statements, attempts to build a mosque and ‘community center’ at the site of a building that was struck by debris from one of the World Trade Center planes. The fact that Muslims often build monuments at sites they believe were Islamic victories has raised the ire of many who believe that this is the underlying purpose of the proposed facility.

 

However, when we view this issue from God’s perspective, we must put our feelings aside and understand what He says about how Christians should approach such situations. It is true that God speaks of ‘an eye for an eye’ in the Old Testament, in giving rules to Israel, His chosen people. Those rules included orders to stone to death both a bull that gores a person and the bull’s owner.

 

Jesus came and gave us new rules for living based on love for one another.  In Matthew 43, Christ tells us, “"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be (children) of your Father in heaven.”

 

God also warns us that vengeance is His, and that He will repay. Instead of burning the books and materials of those who have declared themselves our enemies, we are to obey Christ’s commands to love our enemies. We are not to repay hate with hate.

 

A better plan for this church would be to live by their name and act as ‘doves’ and apply ‘world outreach’ by loving those who hate. Otherwise, they are allowing themselves to be blinded by the ‘eye for an eye approach.’

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