There’s nothing in Christianity that would defend Terry Jones’ recent actions in Michigan. In fact, the Bible teaches that in order to win a person to the faith, one should employ methods of turning the other cheek, demonstrating compassion and being what the Bible calls the “salt of the earth.” Unfortunately for Mr. Jones, it appears there’s no salt at all — only venom in his hate speech against Islam, which is pretty bad when you consider he’s supposed to be a minister.
And, seeing as how Jones is a minister, he should be familiar with Matthew 5:9, which says, “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Apparently, Jones must have missed that scripture. Yet, more important than making peace, something tells me that Mr. Jones was looking to make something entirely different: A name for himself.
After a firestorm of controversy last year, when he declared he would burn Qurans outside his Florida church, you would think he learned a valuable lesson on how to approach matters of faith and the spirit in which those talks should occur. Instead, I think he learned how to make a name for himself and used religion as his meal ticket to draw the attention he currently receives.
If Jones wanted to be really effective in doing something positive to bridge the gap between Muslim and Christian Americans, he could have placed his energies in creating a dialogue built on the efforts of peace, respect and understanding. Instead, he chose this bullish, chaotic, half-cocked idea of standing before a house of faith and condemning it, as a way to bring attention to himself and play on the fears of those who are uninformed about true Muslim faith.
This has to stop. Members of the media, people of faith and religious leaders alike have to continuously be the first ones to take a stand and denounce this type of behavior whenever they see it. Jones’ actions are shameful, ugly and, if left unchecked, extremely pervasive. It’s time people call Mr. Jones for what he is: An opportunist, a fear monger and not a man that’s doing something in the name of God.