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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Irony of Love

Recently a mosque was burned down in Joplin, Missouri. Arson is the suspected cause. Local Christians have come together to show support. The state media reports that the Christians will share in the iftar, the traditional Islamic meal to break the fast for the month of Ramadan.

Mark at Here I Blog offers a scenario for our consideration. Suppose your church was in the community where the mosque was burned and there was pressure put upon your congregation to join in the public support for these Muslims. The local opinion is such that if you delay joining in support, your church will be perceived as a group of haters who are prejudiced against "outsiders." He then offers a handful of options as a possible response and asks readers what they would do.

A thought or two.

Islam is cause celebre these days. Leftists in particular slobber all over themselves in order to prove their tolerant loyalty to Muslims. They turn a blind eye to the sharia based conduct codes popping up in communities around the country. They'll even work to stifle the first amendment rights of evangelistic Christians to distribute Christian literature at public Islamic festivals.

Yet the way the progressive leftists ingratiates themselves to Muslims is honestly laughable, especially in light of the wild inconsistency Islamic values have with leftist values. Someone, for instance, should ask the Muslims behind the ground zero mosque in NYC what they think of same-sex marriage. See if their answer generates the same vitriolic censorship and protest the Chic-Fil-A president received.

At any rate, it didn't surprise me to learn that the main churches involving themselves in the iftar feast were theologically liberal. Theological liberals just love pagan diversity. But there is a bit of irony here that is being overlooked. The feast was held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, and both Peace Lutheran Church and South Joplin Christian Church are staffed by women ministers. I find that little factoid absolutely chuckle inducing. Two churches pastored by women lending support and encouragement to a world religion that is notorious for its misogyny. It's hard to find such comedy gold.

Curious. If the "church" in question that was burned by arson was a Mormon church - a real possibility considering our current presidential race - would these same churches be in a hurry to offer their support? Or would they even bother because, well, you know how Mormons have a history of keeping concubine sister wives.

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Blogger Ken Abbott said...

Cause célèbre, Fred, but that's just me being a pedant. Otherwise your points are very well taken.

5:53 PM, August 16, 2012  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I found a couple of ways to spell it. Celeb was one option. I went with it because it looked more "American."

6:58 PM, August 16, 2012  
Blogger jrbaker said...

Very interesting to me, as I grew up in Joplin. They've obviously been overcoming a tough year, and the effects of the tornado are still keenly felt throughout that community.

The mainline churches -- a picayune minority in that area -- are the ones joining in "community" with the members of this mosque. Most of the other churches (okay, I'll say it -- nearly every church is Southern Baptist, except for one large non-denom) in the community that are offering support are doing so through prayers and ministering to the physical needs of the Muslims in town. Frankly, they are a long overlooked and unreached group in the town. I pray that this situation can change that.

11:04 AM, August 17, 2012  
Blogger DJP said...

I say it's French, and I say the heck with it.

11:26 AM, August 17, 2012  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Which situation are you thinking will change how SBC reach Muslims? The tornadoes or the liberal, feminized churches mixing Christ with Satan?

11:27 AM, August 17, 2012  

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