A church in Gainesville, Florida has decided that it would be somehow beneficial for them to burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11th. I couldn’t disagree more.
Those who know me are aware of the fact that I am a Christian and that I do not support nor endorse the religion of Islam. Far from it, actually. But I know that if I were to turn on my television and see a group of Muslims burning the Bible, I would be angry and upset. Why? Because the Bible is precious to me.
The Bible is, what I believe to be, the revealed word of the Creator of the universe. Now, I’m not here to make a case for the Bible, much less a case for the Qur’an. But I know that the Bible is a book I would like to see in every village, every city, every country, every continent. I want people to read it. I want Muslims to read it. I want Jews to read it. I want Buddhists, Taoists, Pagans, Shintoists, Hindus, atheists and agnostics to read it. And considering that many of them obviously don’t do it enough, I want Christians to read it. Destroying one copy of that book deprives someone of a chance to read it. And frankly, it’s the same with the Qur’an.
If Christians were concerned about the souls of Muslims, which they should be according to…the Bible, they would do well to read the Qur’an, not burn it. How will a Christian convert a Muslim without knowing Islam? And how else will a Christian learn about Islam without a Qur’an?
The Qur’an is not sacred nor precious to me, but I can say that I do understand why it is important to Muslim people around the world. Burning the Qur’an only fans the flames of ignorance toward a people who Christians should reach out to, a people who also trace their spiritual lineage to Abraham. Every time a copy of the Muslim holy book is burned, Christians are one step further from reaching the Muslim community. It’s time that we Christians step in a different direction.