"The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." Hosea 14:9b
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
"Islam is interpreted to forbid any illustrations of Muhammad for fear they could lead to idolatry."
Sounds like that goal's not working out too great, guys. Such fiery, violent reactions over someone's depiction of their prophet/savior ARE a sign of idolatry. Legalism begets this type of behavior, for it is not enough to keep one's heart pure to God/Allah; one must force others to adhere to such laws as well.
Regrettably, some Christians, while not all of them are legalists, hold this view as well. James Kennedy is a popular Christian activist whose Coral Ridge Ministries has made its goal to force the U.S. to follow Christian tenets in its laws and policies. Just where in the Bible does it say that Christians should make it their duty to force governments to follow Christ? I thought we were supposed to be converting individuals. That's why I am embarassed when Christians ignore Biblical admonition against lawsuits and meddling with government and instead do things like erect images of the ten commandments on government property and then go to court to keep the images there against the government's wishes!
Folks, we need to get busy doing Christ's real work--seeking and saving the lost, while caring for the orphan, widow and those in prison.
Come on--was Jesus arrested for erecting a stone image of the ten commandments on Rome's Pantheon, or was he arrested for being the Savior that he is?