The current story over the burning of the Quran by a Gainesville, FL church is troubling on numerous levels. It is disturbing that they are planning this, and it is also disturbing that a handful have drawn such attention when the many seeking to represent Christ and the Gospel are ignored.
The question for many believers is “What is the best way to respond?” This issue is addressed in an excellent article by Andrew Lisi at the Gospel Coalition. He writes:
It seems to me that the best road for a gospel-saturated Christian to take is not standing on the one side of the road with all-exclusive hate or on the other side with all-inclusive love. Both are ultimately extremes that do not address the heart of the issue. The middle road seems to be the only-exclusive love that Christ offers through the Cross, which rejects hating enemies (Matt. 5:43-44) and loving the the world (1 John 2:15-17) while embracing love of enemies and hating sin. The response we must have as Christians is to reject the utter hatred of people like Pastor Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center, while at the same time not making the mistake of being purely reactionary by standing on the other side of the road, united only in protest, not in love.
This balance is hard to find. What are your thoughts on responding to this issue?
Read the entire article here: Burn Couches, Not the Quran.