Dozens of Christian churches, from Park Hill Congregational in Denver to Hillview United Methodist in Boise, Idaho, and First United Lutheran in San Francisco to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu, are planning to send “a message both here at home and to the Arab and Muslim world about our respect for Islam” with a time to read the Quran during worship this Sunday. It’s not just wrong, but dangerous, according to Christian trends analysts. The aim of the program, which is promoted by social activists behind the Faith Shared website, is to counter the message from Islamic activists who say opposition to their religion is the product of what they call a cottage industry of hate. So the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First is calling on Christian clergy to read portions of the Quran during their services Sunday.
Not here. Not me. Not ever. And not because I hate Muslims. On the contrary. But reading from the Quran doesn’t make one a friend of Muslims any more than a KKK member reading the Bible makes him a Christian. Christians reading from the Quran from the pulpit is a wholesale repudiation of Christian theology because it’s a replacement of worship with fad-ism. It is – at its heart – idolatry because it makes what matters to persons of more worth than God.
No, we won’t be reading from the Quran. And I bet there won’t be any Muslim clerics reading from Jude. [Via M.A. on FB].