- The Washington Times - Friday, September 10, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the recent article “Clinton, Gates denounce planned Koran burning” (Web, News, Wednesday) Mrs. Clinton says, “It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distrustful, disgraceful plan and get the world’s attention.” I agree with her statement, which makes me consider what kind of message churches like this plan to give to the public.

We as Christians are called to “love thy neighbor as thy self.” How is burning someone else’s sacred book showing Christ’s love to the world, whether they are Christian or not? It is acts like these that give people the stereotypical view of a Christian as a closed-minded bigot who is only out to beat you with a Bible until you believe. What ever happened to showing love, compassion and forgiveness to each other? As soon as you add hateful acts like burning the Koran into the church, people take a huge leap back because no one wants to follow a hateful God.

God is never hateful but strives instead to love each and every one of us. The way we Christians act affects how non-Christians view us and how they see God. When people see a holy church burning a Koran or making disrespectful comments about other religions, they see Christianity as a religion of hate and persecution. They should see a religion of love and a striving for a relationship with Jesus, but they cannot when we have churches that reflect the opposite of God’s love.

REBECCA LEECH

Pittsburgh


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