Just A Thought
By Juanita BratcherÂ
Thereâ€™s something evil and sinister about a Florida pastorâ€™s plan to hold an â€œInternational Burn a Koran Dayâ€ in Gainesville, Florida, September 11. Thereâ€™s no question, his anticipated actions are mean-spirited, toxic and dangerous! And the undercurrent fallout and repercussions from this pastorâ€™s sinister act will create unnecessary havoc and open up the floodgates to undue chaos.
Pastor Terry Jones, head of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Fla., has vowed to burn Korans, a Muslim Holy Book, as â€œa message of warning to the radical element of Islam,â€ he said, which absolutely makes no sense whatsoever.
Jonesâ€™ intention to burn the Quran has brought about an uproar in the religious community as well as with some public and elected officials because it is wrongâ€¦and of them contemplating the backlash it will inevitably cause.
General David Petraeus warned that Jonesâ€™ actions could endanger troops and could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan. He said â€œIt is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems.â€
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it â€œOutrageous and distressful, a disgraceful plan, and gets the worldâ€™s attention.â€ Clinton suggested that the media should not cover the burning. I wholeheartedly agree with Secretary Clinton.
As a Journalist/News Reporter, it is obvious that the 58-year-old Jones weighed in on getting his 15 minutes of fame by concocting something so ludicrous and outrageous that it was certain to get attention. He has paraded all over the media making comments about his plan to burn the Quran. When some in the media asked would he call off burning hundreds of copies of the Quran, Jones said, â€œWe have no intentions of canceling.â€ How asinine. If the media refuse to report it, he wouldnâ€™t be able to get the rise that it appears he is looking for. From the outset, the media should have ignored his decrepit plan; but the media did an excellent job in getting the message out for him.
Jonesâ€™ â€œInternational Burn a Koran Dayâ€ is irresponsible at best. And one would certainly wonder: What God does he serve? What teaching does he follow?
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Jonesâ€™ actions â€œIdiotic and dangerous.â€Â Â Â
Reverend Harold Bailey, a renowned Chicago minister, weighing-in on the Jonesâ€™ controversy, said: â€œThe scriptures state that â€˜You will know them by the fruit they bear.â€™ Satan, the deceiver, comes in many fashions, and will mislead even the very elect, if possible.
â€œThe word of God tells us that the deceiver will take to the pulpit and preach words of elegance and with them shall fool many. But in the end of that biblical presentation is merely words of destruction. Anyone claiming to be about peace when it is merely on the lips and not in the heartâ€¦the results are that the person comes only but to lie, steal, kill and destroyâ€¦we can see clearly that is not of God.
â€œThe word also tells us to test the word via the word of God and see if it be â€“ of God! Clearly, without a doubt, this misled person is not a Believer/follower of Christ, and is leading his followers to the open pit-of-Hell.â€
Bailey added, â€œGod is love. And love is God. The Prince-of-Peace is Christ, and it is He that has taught the essence of peace to those who would follow after Him.â€
So far, no one has been able to convince Jones to cancel his plan to burn hundreds of Qurans, but if his plan goes on as scheduled, his irresponsible actions could end up endangering our troops and bringing unnecessary havoc to our country.