I spent four days last week in bed with the flu (yes, I got my shot) giving me lots of time to listen to news and commentators on the radio (that’s like a TV, only no pictures).
Of course, much of the news was about the attack in Paris on the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, by Islamic terrorists offended by cartoon depictions of their Prophet Mohammed.
In the past few years our culture has been obsessed with the fear of ever being branded intolerant.
High on the progressives’ list of Most Intolerant Institutions has been the Christian Church. We have the hubris to claim to know the one way to salvation and we persist in identifying certain actions and choices as sins to be avoided. Our “hate-filled” holy book, the Bible, supposedly leads believers to become intolerant (shudder) haters.
The display of real intolerance in Paris should serve as a stark contrast to the “intolerance” of Christianity, although I heard a number of commentators seriously equating this terrorism with fundamental Christianity. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
It would be interesting to have a verse-by-verse comparison of the Quran and the Bible where they speak about dealing with non-believers or those who reject the faith. “Turn the other cheek” and “love your enemies” come easily to mind on the Bible side.
Christians are taught to hate sin, but love the sinner. We are to become wise and discerning, so we can avoid falling into sin’s snares.
We teach that sex outside the marriage of a man and a women is sin. We recognize that all have sinned and need salvation. Islamists throw homosexuals off towers to their deaths and stone or cut off the heads or hands of their sinners.
We Christians try to share the Good News of salvation with all the world, it’s true. We are unapologetic evangelists. However, if you reject or mock Christianity (as the liberal establishment has been doing in this country for decades), we will pray for you. Try that with Islam and you could be beheaded.
Which is the truly intolerant faith?