“Why should we expect them to act any differently?”
A friend I know routinely reads the websites of the Muslim Brotherhood and similar, Islamic sites. The Gainesville, FL, church’s plan to burn Qurans on 9-11 has sparked a lot of debate on these sites, as you can imagine.
Summarizing some of the sentiments, he noted that it has been asked, “Why should we expect them to act any differently? They are only doing what we have done.”
Wow. That pretty much sums it up right there.
We should be acting differently because Christ is in us, at least those of us who claim we are Christians. If they are now expecting us to act like them, we have a problem.
Here are a few "personal amazements" about the Quran burning event that strike me:
- It is amazing that a pastor of fifty people can put himself on the global stage and be seen as a Christian leader, influencing the world’s 1.2 to 1.5 billion Muslims.
- It is amazing that a US General would suggest that an American should curb his First Amendment rights based on potential danger to US troops and citizens abroad. I think it’s a completely legitimate position to hold, I am just amazed that a General in the armed forces would make it. I thought the military was sacrificing to preserve these rights.
- It is amazing that Muslims don’t identify their own actions as leading us to this point (see The Muslim Brotherhood’s own website on this topic).
- It is amazing to me that Evangelicals have been mostly silent. Where are the hipster pastors and their blogs on this issue, gently reminding the church that we can be better than this?
- It is amazing that while we discuss it here in the US, thousands of worried missionaries live among Muslims and are now forced to answer for this pastor in Gainesville, FL.
What amazes you about this situation?