It’s time to burn.

I’m a little frustrated. big time. I’m ready to start a revolution.

I’m fed up with politicians. I’m sick of Obama. I’m frustrated with our military. I’m fed up with Christians. Why?  Because they like fire… because they like to use it in the wrong places.

I want to know what makes it okay for the US military to burn the Bible?  I want to know what makes it not okay for a Florida Pastor to burn the Quran?  What makes one okay and not the other?

But you know what bothers me even more than that?  Christians.

Soldiers overseas burned unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan in 2009, and not one Christian did anything about it. myself included. We just sat on our hands and looked the other way.

Then this Pastor in Florida finally acts on his plan to burn a Quran, and the world goes nuts. The Muslims react by killing several people, wounding several more, and holding riots throughout the streets. Even Americans were in an uproar over it.

It’s a Quran, people! It’s a false book, about a false religion, composed of false doctrine, by a false god.

Where are the Christians who will stand up for the Bible like these Muslims did over their book?  Why does it not bother us when our own military burned the Word of God?  Where is our passion and our zeal to defend the truth?

Where is it, Christian?  Where is your love for the Word of God?  Where is your zeal to win lost souls to Jesus Christ?  Where is your hatred for sin? Where is your stand for the truth?

We’re more worried about what the government will think about our actions. We’re more concerned about offending the Muslims. It’s time to get our perspective on things corrected. It’s time we start being concerned with offending a Holy God. It’s time we start protecting the Word of God against those who want to destroy it.

It’s time to burn with a passion and a zeal for the Lord. It’s time to revolt against the complacent Christianity that runs so rampant in our churches today.

I’ll say it again: It’s time to burn with a passion and a zeal for the Lord.

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Posted on April 5, 2011, in Christian Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Whoa, Heather, is this you? It sounds like you’re encouraging believers to protest and riot as the Muslims did in Afghanistan; they ended up killed people over the burning of the Quran. As much as the soldier’s actions were reprehensible and repulsive, believers are called to demonstrate their love for the Bible by obedience to its words, not protest over burning the Book. Peter encourages us to consider what Jesus did when He, our Savior, was reviled and mistreated.

    1 Peter 2:21-23 reads, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”

    I agree, these things are very frustrating, but I’d encourage you not confuse inaction as passivity of love for the Bible. It’s unnecessary to condemn yourself and others for not being out on the streets over these soldier’s actions—God will judge them. The great call of the Bible to live at peace with all men; very difficult to do when you’re carrying signs and chanting words of angry protest. Jesus himself said, “I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” We believers knew it was going to be difficult at the start of salvation. Therefore, it’s never a good idea for a lamb to become annoying and demanding to the wolves. Exercise your displeasure, but don’t become excessive and provoke pugnaciousness.

    There is a great book you might think about reading that’s called, “Have We No Rights?” by Mabel Williamson. It gives a great perspective on how to respond when things in the world are frustrating.

    J. Robert Hanson

    PS. I hope your feeling better!

    • I think you misunderstood my post.

      I did not encourage people to revolt against the government. or the Muslims. or even people in general. I said: “It’s time to revolt against the complacent Christianity that runs so rampant in our churches today.”

      There was a time when Christians were beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and killed for defending and preaching the Word of God (and I realize that still happens somewhat today, but not like it used to). Christians used to have a fire buring in them to stand up for the Word of God and defend it with their lives (literally).

      Today it is not so. Christians wimper and run and the slightest showing of opposition. We have become complacent, careless, compromising in our churches. Today Christians are more offended at a Pastor who burned a Quran, rather than offended at the Word of God.

      Our priorities are all wrong. If we had even HALF the zeal and passion for God’s Word that the Muslims have for their Quran, then maybe our country wouldn’t be where it’s at today. We’re in a mess. We ARE a mess. God help us.

      • Your comment, “It’s time to revolt against the complacent Christianity that runs so rampant in our churches today” is not what alarmed me. I agree with that! What I’m bringing up is, “I’m ready to start a revolution.” “I’m fed up with Christians.” “But you know what bothers me even more than that? Christians.” “Where are the Christians who will stand up for the Bible like these Muslims did over their book? Why does it not bother us when our own military burned the Word of God? Where is our passion and our zeal to defend the truth?”

        We are taught not to stand up for the Bible as Muslims did. We are taught stand as Christians do in obedience to His Word. We defend the truth by daily putting on Christ—that’s were your revolt should begin, not by frustration at God’s people in general because they don’t agree with this pastor. We fix the “mess” by speaking of holiness and purity in the love Christ.

        • I am in no way advocating the burning of the Quran.

          What I’m saying is that we as Christians need to not sit on our hands, turn our heads away, and allow the government/other religions/world take away our rights as Christians. We have a voice – it’s time to actually use it. It’s time to actually be heard.

          I am not saying that we need to storm the streets and start riots utter chaos. I’m saying that we need to actually speak out against those who are trying to do away with Christianity.

          God is still looking for some faithful men to stand up for the truth. In turn, all He seems to be getting are a bunch of lazy, redeemed, quiet Christians who don’t have enough backbone to stand up for the Lord.

          I’d like to be a little more than another Peter running away when the rooster crows….

  2. I’m sensing some passion here, Miss Heather! 🙂

    Some days I feel complacent. Other days I feel militant and extreme. On all days I need to think about what Jesus would do in each situation I face.

    Sometimes the right thing to do is what on the outside looks like complacency e.g. Jesus’s silence and refusal to fight back in the courtroom of Pilate.

    Sometimes the right thing to do is to take strong action e.g. Jesus tossing temple tables.

    In all cases it has to be wholly governed by a love for God and for other people.

  3. I think respect is the key. You live in a totally different place and culture then what and how the Muslims live in Afghanistan. To and for them, the Koran is a holy book.

    Within the context of Scripture – we see the Apostle Paul engaging with people where they were at, regarding their own personal religious beliefs. In the book of Acts we see him telling people – Hey – I wandered around the place – checked out your religious beliefs and found you have a statue that honours the unknown God… Let me tell you about that unknown God.
    He never rips into them about how they are wrong and their religious beliefs are wrong.

    In my chaplaincy work with homeless men – I came across a muslim man. He told me that he prayed to Jesus the prophet every day. I used that as a connecting point to ask him if I could pray with him to Jesus the healer – and so we prayed and I was able to share with him and pray with him a number of times through out his time in the homeless shelter.

    In our zeal for Christ – we need to temper it with love and make sure we treat all with dignity and respect.

    • The problem with your respect idea is that it’s supposed to be a two-way street.

      For example: Out of respect for you, I don’t insult you. I expect you to respect me enough to do the same. Out of respect for you, I don’t offend you by doing something that slaps your beliefs in the face. I expect you to do the same. Out of respect for you, I don’t trample on your rights and demand that laws be made against you. I expect you to do the same.

      Unfortunately, all the respect is one side of the fence, and all the offenses are on the other. There’s no balance.

      The times back then are so different than the times we are facing today.

      On a side note, did the Muslim man you ministered to ever accept Christ as his personal Savior?

      Blessings to you!

      • Heather – Jesus never said to respect people because they first respected you! Rather he said to love your enemies! If they slap you on one cheek – turn the other so they can slap that one as well….

        Sometimes we don’t want to believe – or live out all of what Jesus taught.

        Research says that people come to Christ after hearing the gospel 7.2 time… how they come to that number I don’t know. .. Its a process where some sow, others water and some reap… I only ministered to that man once a week for 5 weeks. While during that time he didn’t convert – he did say that I had made him rethink a lot about Christians and who Jesus was.

        Therefore I have done my part in the chain of events that may or may not see him come to Christ.

  4. I agree we need to stand up and be counted.
    Burning Bibles is one thing, but our governments are bending over backwards with their so called political correctness, denying Christians their rights but implementing extreme measures to ensure Moslems and others are not “offended” by Christian symbols, activities and words.
    I am not in favour of “Easter bunnies” and all the hype associated with Easter, but today it was announced that child care facilities are not allowed to have their children participate in things associated with Easter or to draw Easter-related pictures, because it could offend some families.

    It was their choice to come to live in our country. They are free to follow their own (harmless/legal) ways and customs, but they should accept that OUR ways are our ways and not object. If I went to live in THEIR country I would be in danger if I voiced my objections to their ways.

    “Political correctness” should be a two-way street.

    • Amen.

      The fact of the matter is that Christianity IS offensive — it was never meant to be anything otherwise. Christ didn’t come to make us feel lovey-dovey, warm and fuzzy… He came to stir our hearts with conviction so that we would realize our need for Him and accept His gift of salvation.

  5. Heather,

    I have one thing to say to this Heather. You are feeling the same need to act as what Martin Luther did when nailed his 95 theses to the Catholic church door. This initiated the Protestant Reformation in 1517. We owe our much of our religious freedom to his revolutionary act. Paul himself is a fine example for demanding what is ethically right. In Acts 16:11-40, Paul demanded his right to be treated as a Roman citizen. We get so wrapped up in Christian “piety” that we forget our Biblical examples of standing up.

    This is a stirring post Heather, and one that I hope will catch on like wildfire.

  6. The fact that Bibles were burned does not make me as mad as the reason they were burned.

    The Bibles were sent by a soldier’s home church after a donation drive, for him to distribute. He was told that, as religious symbols, he could not keep them on base.

    However, when he attempted to send them back, the officers in charge realized that the home church might turn right around and try to send them to another base (the horror). And so, with no place to go, they were simply put in the trash and burned with everything else.

    That goes far deeper than simple, willful ignorance and favoritism to every other religion under the sun (although that is certainly true). What this shows us is that the world (the US military in particular) not only does not care for the Bible but it is ACTIVE in the campaign against it.
    These Bibles were put in the trash, and subsequently burned, on the off chance that some other base might suffer the indecency of having the Holy Word of God on site.

    I have addressed this issue briefly in the past:
    http://aintnothingsacred.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/on-tolerance/

    We shouldn’t be afraid to be blunt about sin and the Word. Especially not in a nation that was founded to be a Christian nation (sadly, not so much anymore).

  7. Amen and ouch. Things like this make you want to just get up and do something. It is indeed time to stop allowing this wishy-washy tolerant mentality to dominate us as Christians–we need to step out and be separate again and stand up for the cause of Christ.

    Thanks for posting.

  8. The best Christian response to any wrong done to us is love and forgiveness. That is what Jesus calls us to do. What speaks more volumes to people, riots and murders or reaching out to those who did the offending with love and forgiveness? Many times when Christians are being persecuted in the world many more disciples are made for the church because of the actions of love these Christians respond with. Protesting and revolting in a political arena only perpetuates the idea of the militant religious right.

    There is complacency in today’s church, but I think it’s less a problem of not getting angry over burned bibles, and more a problem that people don’t live out their faith. Or their faith is simply something they do on Sunday and a box they check on surveys. Christians today aren’t reading their Bibles, aren’t pushing into the Lord, and many don’t even understand what they believe. That’s the complacency we need to fight, and we need to fight it by lovingly leading our brothers and sisters into a correct relationship with the Lord, Jesus.

    This was a very interesting post. I had never heard of the burned Bibles before. You brought up a lot of very interesting points. Thanks! Blessings!
    Carla

    • “Christians today aren’t reading their Bibles, aren’t pushing into the Lord, and many don’t even understand what they believe. That’s the complacency we need to fight…”

      Yes, and if we read our Bibles more and strived to be more faithful Christians, then maybe our voice would be heard in this country and around the world. Maybe then our rights as Christians wouldnt be trampled on without an opposing word. Maybe then the world would be as concerned about offending Christianity as it is about offending other false religions around the world.

  9. I have waited and pondered how best to comment, not that you need my weighty wisdom of course ;).

    A couple of things strike me – first I don’t know how anyone thinks that burning a book is going to help their cause surely it’s just drawing attention to it even more? To me the Koran is just a book so I don’t see the need to get knickers in a twist and burn the thing.

    However I do believe that Christians are being asked to tolerate more and more whilst they are tolerated less and less. And as you point out we probably haven’t got anyone to blame but ourselves.

    So what do we do about this? Well definitely make a stand like you have. I think what inspires people most is love and passionate action, and least judgement. If people want to burn Bibles let God deal with them, as for me I will be learning from the master spending time with the lost. The world knows all about what we stand against but how much do they know of what we stand for?

    I do disagree on one point however. I don’t think the respect is a two way street. At least not the type Jesus asks for… turn the other cheek and all that. In a relationship of what ever type you can’t control the other person but you can control yourself – can we demonstrate the kind of respect for another that demands nothing in return?

    Anyway go girl – set the world on fire!

    • I agree with you on your last point. Spiritually speaking, it’s not a tw-way street. I guess I meant it more on a political level.
      I need to learn to be more clear when I type my thoughts out. :\ lol

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