Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

to build or to burn?? how about neither??

If you live in America, unless you have been hiding under a rock,  you are aware to some degree of a couple of news stories that keep making headlines.

Should an Islamic center be built  close to the tragic 9/11 site? (click here to read Free to offend?)

Should a small church in Florida burn the Koran on 9/11? (click here for Burning Korans on 9/11)

There seems to be a common theme running between the two stories.  They are both within their rights to do just what they have set out to do.  They both believe strongly that they are doing a good thing.  They both will be offending people should they continue down this path.  Neither one of them seems to care that they will be breaking the hearts of people who are not like-minded.

So the question comes up.  Just because you can do something, does that mean that you should do something?  If you know that your actions, as a group, will smack pain in the hearts of another group of people, what does that say about the type of group you are?

We have been told (and I  believe it to be true) that the actions of a few do not speak for a whole.  The suicide bombers and other radical Muslims do not represent my “neighbor” down the street who is a devote Muslim and is not out to kill the “infidel”.

Yet there seems to be all this talk of how this small church in Florida  will endanger the lives of our military.  So I guess the actions of a few, in this case, speak for the whole?  Come on, those groups that are bent on destroying America do not need an excuse.   That said, I do not agree with the burning of the Koran.  Nothing about that speaks of love.

The issue, as I see it, is that both of these groups need to look beyond their own interests and see what their actions are doing.  Actions speak louder than words.  Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.  Certainly there are better options.

There are plenty of places to build a mosque.  Pick a different location that won’t be forever a source of contention.  Unless of course that is your plan all along.

Don’t burn someone’s most treasured possession.  There are other ways to get your point across.  An offended brother is much harder to reach than one whom you have not offended.  Unless of course you really don’t care about your ‘brother’.

To build or  to burn?  How about neither?  How about love your neighbor as yourself.  Do unto others as you would want them to do to you.   Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

til next time


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  1. Very well stated Gloria,I concur. You seem to be very diplomatic.

    Comment by Laurna | September 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Laurna 🙂

      Comment by Gloria | September 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. Don’t remember where exactly it’s at at this moment (think it might be in one of the Corinthians, possibly part of the “love” chapter 13) but every time I hear about those stories two things come to mind. 1. Whatsoever you do, do it with love and 2. Though I speak in tongues of Angels and have not love I have become a sounding gong or brash symbol (or something like that.) Those who know the verses I’m speaking of know what I’m talking about even though I’m probably butchering the quotes there. Both cases just scream to me of sounding gong and brash symbol.

    I seem to remember something in proverbs or psalms saying something about catching more flies with honey. It seems to me that those who’ve outright rejected God and turned to another would be considered the most “lost” in the “Seek and save the lost” idea. Seems like both sides are seeking to “save” those they consider to be lost. Neither case seems to involve a honey of an action. Neither appears to be motivated by love. That’s just my thoughts. I could be wrong.

    Comment by LisaB | September 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks Lisa! Good thoughts!

      Comment by Gloria | September 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. I agree. We should be considerate of others. There are other choices.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | September 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Yes there are other choices. It appears that a new plan is on the agenda. Although from what I heard televised, there seems to be a bit of discrepancy between what the Pastor stated and what the Muslin leader stated. May be some interesting days ahead.

      Comment by Gloria | September 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. I totally agree. Can you see Jesus burning Korans or the equivalent thing in his day to make a statement? No. But I also think that the Muslim people should show respect for what people are saying about the mosque being built. They are asking for the respect of not having the Koran burned yet think it is a “right” to build a mosque so close to the 9/11 site. I agree…don’t do either.

    Comment by Sarah | September 10, 2010 | Reply

    • I just heard that Donald Trump’s offer of 25% more was turned down. This thing seems to be festering. 😦

      Comment by Gloria | September 14, 2010 | Reply

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