Book Burning With a Purpose

Recently Quran burning was all we heard bandied around on the media. The whole thing was blown way out of proportion.

A Canadian friend protested the Quran burning by Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach weeks before it was originally scheduled to happen. He or one of the people who commented trotted out the idea that the burning was a vengeful act, and vengeance is the Lord’s, etc.

I responded by noting that the church in question was doing nothing than burning books—paper and cardboard.

True, they were making a statement, but it’s hardly an act of vengeance. Anybody who took it more seriously than that was being as petty as the pastor with his attempt to get publicity. Why play that game?

While my point was acknowledged as a good one, it didn’t change my friend’s mind.

Then later the media reported the idea that the book burning would endanger our troops. I only heard one talk show host on a station in Cincinnati who rightly mentioned our troops are already in danger because of where they are and what they’re doing. Their profession is to put themselves in danger.

We wouldn’t have had all this media driven hype and emotionalism if Jones had threatened to burn a stack of Charlie Brown coloring books.

With a few minor incidents, the burning didn’t happen. But the damage has been done. Once again Christians are made out to be zealots and fools.

And what does all this say about the freedom of speech and expression we allegedly have in the U.S.?

Here’s what I think should have happened instead to change the nature of the controversy.

Before Jay Leno got the “Tonight Show” gig, he was just some comedian. He did Doritos commercials on TV and said something like, “Eat all you want. We’ll make more.”

Some influential Muslim center should have put a Leno impressionist on TV to say, “Burn all you want. We’ll make more.”

And you know they will.

But wouldn’t I be upset if somebody burned Bibles? After all, it’s the true Word of God.

No. I’d be offended, yes, but there’s no shortage of Bibles. This isn’t the Middle Ages when copies were truly precious because they were so few in number.

Besides, the Bible burner doesn’t have to answer to me. You know who he’ll answer to one day.

Did you know the Bible records a book burning? The reason for it and its outcome were far different than recent events.

Christians in Ephesus who formerly practiced sorcery and other mysterious arts repented and burned their books as proof. It was book burning with a purpose.

Wouldn’t things have been different if Muslims who became born again were to burn their Qurans?

Acts 19:18-20–And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

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