Islam is bringing out the worst in Christians.
Last week the New York Times published an article about Terry Jones, a pastor in Florida, who plans to have a Koran burning ceremony to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. In response, Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations stated, “Can you imagine what this will do to our image around the world?” By “our image” he means “Americans,” but let’s focus on the deeper issue.
What does this do for the Christian image?
In a time where non-believers are growing more and more cynical about organized religion and speaking out about the hypocrisy in the Church, Jones decided to blow his megaphone a look like an idiot. The Church is fighting an uphill battle against mainstream culture, and here goes another Christian completely erasing any progress that the Church has made in establishing a more positive image to the world.
Fortunately, not all Christians act like Terry Jones. Unfortunately, those of us with common sense rarely make the headlines. I understand that there is a lot of tension between Christians and Muslims, but Jones’s actions are just a glimpse at what really occurs in the Church. It makes me so nervous whenever a Christians speaks to the media because, more times that not, he/she says something that makes all of us look ridiculous.
What can Christians do to help rebuild a positive image? Is this actually possible? Should this even be our focus?