Last week all of us suffered through the media barrage that was the “Burn a Qur’an” Day in Gainesville. In the end cooler heads prevailed and no one senselessly died due to the burning of the Qur’an.
As a Bible-believing Christian who has placed his faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I disagree with Islam’s belief-system, but I also disagreed with the preemptive activity of burning their holy book. So, I asked myself how the Lord Jesus Christ would feel about it and here is what I think.
As I inspected the gospel records I came across a fascinating glimpse into the heart of our Saviour. The Bible says in John chapter two, After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days. And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
It was in this same house of worship that Jesus would come to read the Scriptures and worship (Luke 4). He called it here, “my Father’s house.” What righteously angered our Lord was the damage done to the pure religion. In that they sinned they sinned against the true religion. The picture we have of a meek and lowly Jesus is quickly dissipated by this forceful exchange.
You see, the point I am trying to make here is that our Lord is more angered about the perversion of the true religion than the proliferation of the false. If we would be more concerned about the desecration of holy, Spirit-filled, Bible-focused, Christ-centered, non-shock value worship, we could offer to the world an unadulterated message of hope, love, forgiveness and peace. Before America became a hot-bed for Islam, the worship of our forefathers was replaced by a “relevant,” come as you are (and leave as you came), non-confrontational, easy Jesus, low standard form of religion that denied the power of God.
Never forget, the God who loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, is the same God who created quite a mess in His Father’s house because the true religion was perverted and merchandised. God help us to take the old highway and walk in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Jeremiah 6:16).