Bulletin Board Material

Welcome to this weeks edition of Christians Behaving Badly. Our special guest this week is Reverend Terry Jones, of Gainesville Florida. Reverend Jones and his mega church of about 30 or so loving followers of Jesus have announced that they will be burning the Koran on September 11. This is to further demonstrate their belief that “Islam is the devil’s religion”. He cites constitutional protection for this event. It’s the same protection claimed by flag burners.

Burning Koran

Jihadist Recruiting Poster

Those who’ve ever been involved in a sport that receives press coverage, have probably heard the term “Bulletin Board Material” This refers to negative remarks by a member of one team about an upcoming opponent. Invariably, the coach of the team that has been so dissed, will put the clipping containing said negative remarks on a bulletin board for his team to read, in the hopes of stirring anger and hopefully increasing the motivation of his own team. Coaches hate it when their players give bulletin board material to the press.

Reverend Jones is giving some prime bulletin board material. In fact, I’m willing to wager that a picture of him holding a flaming copy of the Koran will become the Jihad’s best recruiting Poster. (As if 72 virgins in Heaven weren’t enough)

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

I hope the government doesn’t try to prevent the good reverend, because he does have a constitutional right to do this. I hope he decides not to because it isn’t Christ-like. He should abide by the words of the one he claims to follow.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’

44 But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you,

45 so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they?

47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they?

48 So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Just sayin’…

How Many Bibles

bibleA while ago I was in a local Christian bookstore. I found myself browsing the Bible section of the store. I was struck by the variety of bibles there were to choose from.
First off, there are the various translations. Biblica.com lists 16 different English translations of the Bible. King James, New King James, NIV, The Good News Bible, The Message, The New Living Translation, The New American Standard Bible, etc. Then within different translations there are different versions. The NIV has the Study Bible, the Life Application Bible, The Student Bible, Young Readers Bible… you get the picture. These various styles within the different translations have different notes, and study aids. Then you’ve got the Men’s devotional Bible, the Sports Devotional Bible, the Women’s devotional Bible. Wow. In China, the small, non-government-sanctioned churches that meet secretly in homes, share pages of bible with each other. They memorize the page, and then pass it on. Once upon a time, the bible only came in Latin. It was considered blasphemous to print a bible in the reader’s own language. It’s nice to be able to have one in your language with a style you can understand.
What I found a little crazy was the “celebrity” Bibles. There’s the New Spirit-Filled Life Daily Bible by Jack Hayford, The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God’s Word for Everyday Living by Joyce Meyer, Hope for Today Bible by Joel Osteen, Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible: King James Version, Holy Bible, Woman Thou Art Loosed Edition by TD Jakes, The Master’s Healing Presence Bible By Benny Hinn Ministries.
I had to chuckle. Would having Joel Osteen’s name on my Bible make me more cheerful? I would be leery about putting my name on a Bible. It seems like a lot of pressure to put on one’s self.
What’s next, the Barney, “I Love you, You Love Me” Bible?
If it get’s someone to buy it, I guess whatever works…