In one of the most bizarre stories of the year, a (so-called) church in Florida is planning to burn a copy of the Koran Saturday. Now American General Petraeus fears for the safety of American troops if the burning takes place. So far the pastor says the general’s concerns do not concern him.
Here’s one of the great, ironic sadnesses in this: a church is poised to do a very unChristian thing, and if it decides to undo its plans, it will be because the act would be unAmerican, not because it would be unChristian. The church, like the general, would be more concerned about the reputation of America and its soldiers than about the reputation of Jesus and his followers.
This is a (possible) bizarre feat of civil religion. I think the general is probably right, and I have no interest in seeing more people die in this era of war, be they Afghanis or Americans or anyone else. But the general’s reasoning should not be what motivates the church! We (are supposed to) have the mind of Christ.