From Fox News comes a story about Orthodox Jews burning the Christian New Testament. In effect, they are burning half of the Christian Bible. But, I think you get the picture either way. (It would be rather ironic if they were burning the whole bible because then they would be burning their own books as well).
Orthodox Jews have burned hundreds of New Testaments in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in Israel.Now. Let us wait and see how many representatives of the Christian faith come out and DEMAND an apology, or demand that the Mayor resign and the school close. Let us see how long it takes before the Mayor is forced to get up in front of a Christian church, kiss a Christian Bible and submit himself to sorrowful apologies, and meanwhile, the students are honorably expelled from their schools and sent home.
Uzi Aharon, the deputy mayor of the central Israeli town of Or Yehuda, says he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and urged people to turn over hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material recently distributed by missionaries.
The books were dumped into a pile and religious students set them afire in a lot near a synagogue, he said. The Maariv newspaper reported Tuesday that hundreds of students took part in the book-burning.
Let me put it this way...... I won't hold my breath. Now, it won't surprise me to hear someone submit an article or a news blurb to say that they were shocked and astounded by the actions of a few Jewish zealots. And they would like to have hoped that this sort of thing would not have happened again as in the days of the Nazi and S.S. book burning glee-clubs. They will even say that they are saddened that religious Jews would have stooped this low in their expression of anger towards Christians who have lived side-by-side with them for centuries.
For Christians, spreading the message of Jesus is a duty and responsibility given to us by Jesus himself. Our message is not spread out of hate for the listener, but out of love. We only want them to know the love, devotion, and hopefulness that we have gained from knowing that Jesus is our Savior and that he will return very soon to take us home.
I know this is a crude analogy, but I think it fits: Stopping a Christian from spreading the message of Jesus' hope of grace and resurrection and heaven is like asking an insurance salesman to stop going door to door trying to sell his message.
For those who do not want to listen to our message all they have to do is say "NO". That is it. There is no interrogation. There is no bright light in a dark room with chains and electric shock. There is no threats from government officials for failing to abide. Heck, there aren't even harsh words if you turn your back on God after becoming a Christian (unlike some other religions who will imprison or kill converts). You just tell us no and we will move along to the next hopeful listener.
Hey, at least one could still have read the Qu'ran after shooting at it. Try reading soot and ash.