It seems that so called “Pastor” Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida is among the duped and deceived men in ministry who are using their ministry for a political platform. What Jones has done in essence is rejected the God given role and function of a pastor in order to “make a political statement.”
Jones and his “church” are planning to have a public burning of the Koran on September 11, 2010. I am outraged as a pastor and as a Christian that Jones would use his “calling” for such a despicable stunt.
Pastors have no business being involved in political entanglements. I am not saying that pastors and Christians should not exercise their constitutional right to vote and to utilize the legally provided for means of redress to both check and forward governmental policies. Jones actions sicken me – to use his “ordained office” to commit such an act violates the heart and soul of Matthew 22:34-40:
“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
I have written on the subject of believers and politics before, but allow me to list several bullet points for your consideration:
- · Christians are not to be entangled in political pursuits
- · Christ did not defend himself against Pilot or the Roman Empire
- · Christians do not wrestle against flesh and blood (human) but against spiritual forces
- · The Christian does not wage a physical or a political battle
- · The Apostles, including Paul never called for political reformation
God forbid that any misguided and misinformed people think that Jones is acting as some kind of patriot. I stand here today to tell you that is message and mission of burning a Koran is unbiblical. He has gone beyond the scope of this office of a pastor, shepherd, and overseer. He seems to me to be nothing less than an angry, self-righteous, and unloving man who is doing irreparable damage to both the office of pastor and Christianity. He certainly is smearing the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please do not watch this event nor give any credence to it. Jones' actions are to be denounced as contrary to the Spirit of Christ and Christianity. Though I do not recognize the Koran to be an inspired or authoritative writing, it does not deserve to be burned in the name of Christianity any more The New World Translation, The Book of Mormon, Steps to Christ, Dianetics, or any other non-Christian publication.