Some of my fellow Christians hate Muslims. I believe their hatred is grounded in ignorance and fear. We’ve seen a lot of fear-mongering lately in discussions of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque and the on-again, off-again Qur’an burning in Florida. If you regard Muslims—whether all Muslims or just some Muslims—as your enemies, just remember what Jesus said: “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you” (Luke 6:27). Another Bible verse says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18). On this anniversary of a hate-inspired attack, let us resolve not to fight fire with fire but with love.
My friend Rev. Henry Green of Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis posted similar thoughts on his blog this week:
I am sad and ashamed of some people who call themselves Christian, some who intend to use the date of September 11 to exhibit hate by burning the Koran. This is shameful and outrageous and anyone who would support such a thing is either ignorant of history or intentionally supportive of actions designed to incite more evil and violence. Hate is not a Christian virtue and the role of any responsible Christian community will be to remind their followers that “God is love” and that we are to “love our enemies.” These are simple truths we learn from our Holy Book, the Bible. Another lesson taught in the Bible by Jesus is, “love your neighbor as yourself.” How is it possible to say you are a follower of Jesus when you do not follow what he says? How is it possible to love our Muslim neighbor and burn the Holy Book of that neighbor?