John Piper has some valuable reflections about the Florida pastor who burned the Qur’an and the violent response in the Middle East. He writes:
“The burning of the Qur’an and the murder of human beings are not morally equivalent. That’s true. And it is, frankly, outrageous the way some commentators speak with more moral indignation about the burning of holy books than the butchery of human bodies. In the western media this seems to me to be sheer fear.”
Piper also has a quote from Andrew Wall that goes a long way to explaining Muslim rage in response to Qur’an burning. Wall writes:
“Much misunderstanding between Christians and Muslims has arisen from the assumption that the Qur’an is for Muslims what the Bible is for Christians. It would be truer to say that the Qur’an is for Muslims what Christ is for Christians.”
If this is accurate, then burning the Qur’an is for Muslims what crucifying Christ is for Christians. Yes, this explains Muslim rage, but it also explains the differences between the two religions. Piper concludes:
“In the process of being crucified, Jesus rebuked the use of the sword (Matthew 26:52) healed his enemy’s amputated ear (Luke 22:51), prayed for the forgiveness of his murderers (Luke 23:34), and sent his followers out to love their enemies and do good to those who hate them (Luke 6:27).
“So the Qur’an has been burned and the Christ has been crucifiedâ€”and continues to be crucified.
“The test is in the response.”
Read the rest here.