This is going to be a non Ham related, political rant - so if you're turned off by that kind of thing, you'd better leave now.
I just heard on the local breaking news that the pastor in Florida, who was planning the Koran burning on the anniversary of 9/11 has called off the event. It's nice to see that common sense prevailed. There is NO reason whatsoever on God's good green earth to burn another religion's sacred scripture - even if you totally disagree with that religion.
That being said ...... there was no reason for these idiots to do this in Pakistan today:
Of course, the American flag just HAD to be burned even before even one atom of wood cellulose from one page of a Koran had been treated to the same fate! They just couldn't wait to see what happened on Saturday and THEN vent their frustrations if they had to? Arggghhhhh !
Then this mosque issue in New York City. You know, really ..... build your mosque anywhere you darn well please. But, by the same token, the backers of this project couldn't have shown a LITTLE sensitivity and planned to build it a bit farther away from where the World Trade Center stood? How about a showing of good will and compromise from their side? I wonder what kind of response a Westerner would get if they decided to try and build a church near Mecca. Oh yeah, I'm sorry ..... they'd probably be whipped or stoned to death; or better yet, beheaded!
Not to mention that the funding for this Cordoba project has very shady and questionable origins. But we won't go there as it's not politically correct. Even the name of the project is suspect if you do a little research into it. My gut is telling me something here; but I'm not the one who makes the calls.
I can understand why folks in America are just a bit on the short side of being understanding in this mosque issue. It wasn't only the Twin Towers, it was also the Pentagon, Shanksville, PA and the USS Cole (where our beloved POTUS will not even allow the prosecution of the perpetrators, now!) and the Marine barracks in Lebanon. It was our embassies being blown up and the first WTC attack and many other things which just stick in the craw of your everyday Joe In The Street.
But no, we're supposed to look the other way, turn the other cheek and forget all that stuff. You can only turn the other cheek for so long before things get nasty. I'm not saying I condone any sort of retaliation - not for one second. But I can understand the emotion behind wanting to.
And that's exactly why Christians are called to turn away from the sin of Adam and do EXACTLY just that, to be forgiving, to put that human weakness aside ... no matter how hard it is. It's a heavy cross to bear. I pray we're strong enough to bear it.