Saturday, September 13, 2014

Against Blind Intolerance of Islam

by Jim Rapp

“. . .let the one who has never sinned
throw the first stone!” John 8:7 (NLT)

The only religion Jesus criticized
was the one he honored
by his faithful attendance
at the synagogue.

So why have you, his followers, politicized,
yes, with Satan, cosponsored
a relentless campaign of discordance,
against another’s god?

Is there not plank enough in your eyes –
sin enough in you to be deplored –
without proclaiming your intolerance
of another’s god?

Was it hateful diatribes that seized
your heart and mind, or
love and grace, a preponderance
of the love of God?

You are not called to demonize,
but to evangelize, to open doors,
to show through your long sufferance
the saving love of God.

Your “enemy” is not to be despised,
demonized, ridiculed or
destroyed, but – surprise – romanced
into the kingdom of God.

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