Maybe you shouldn't burn those Korans

I know it’s not good to speak ill of family but Reverend Terry Jones is getting me down. His proposed publicity stunt of a public burning of copies of the Koran is now an international incident and, once again, Jesus is made to look stupid by someone He loves.

America is still deeply wounded by 9/11, and some Christians are pretty weird, so these kind of things are bound to happen but it still drives me mad when they do. Aside from the damage to Jesus’ reputation, which is the most important aspect in all of this, if he thinks that Islam is a danger and Muslims are his enemy then he shouldn’t be treating them in this way. Surely he should be aware of what Romans 12:17-21 says, it even talks about burning:

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

It’s probably a sign of how divinely-inspired this wisdom is that Christians are almost as crap at following it as everyone else.