Geller in Garland

eyeseeyou I assume everyone now knows about the incident in Garland Texas where two terrorists tried to kill the participants in a contest to see who could draw the best cartoon depicting Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
Islam prohibits any depiction of Muhammad in any form. To do so draws the ire of Muslims, whether militant or not.
Ms. Geller’s stunt seems to have divided people into two camps. One camp says that since we have a right as Americans to express ourselves in free speech, no one can lawfully prohibit us from speaking our mind even if it is hateful and inflammatory. Some seem determined to prove it.
The other camp thinks Ms. Geller was deliberately looking for trouble and she got it. She has been criticized for putting the Garland police in harm’s way as well the group of cartoonists who attended her “contest.”
But there is a third group with no patience with the savages engaged in Jihad. This camp agrees that their cruelty must be stopped and innocent lives saved by military force if necessary (and are amazed that it has not happened yet!). Yet they are also sensitive to the feelings of Muslims in general. They know that to take what is holy to them and drag it through the mud is counterproductive. No, we don’t agree with their prophet or their theology — but we know that their souls are precious and that God wants them to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4). If we close any door on hearts that might have eventually been open to the gospel we shoot ourselves in the foot. Instead of baiting them, why not use our energy and resources to show them the Christ that draws all humans to Him? (John 12:32).
How do we do this? We do it by letting our light be seen by everyone (including Muslims) resulting in open hearts and glory for God (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:15). One can’t make fun of their prophet in one breath and win them in the next (Colossians 4:6).
Do you agree? Let me know.

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2 responses to “Geller in Garland

  1. Judith Waymire

    I agree.

  2. Terry

    Here is what we do know from the apostle John and the apostle Paul. In John 1:1 John uses a word that the Greeks knew, the word Logos, to describe the creator and instead of ridiculing them he simple and slowly helps them see the true God by taking their word for God and slowly helping them understand from their own word who God is.
    The Apostle Paul in his sermon on Mars hill he finds the Greeks are honoring an unknown God, he then takes what they see as unknown and fills in the unknown parts so they can see the true God. As disciples and expendable slaves of Jesus, should we not follow their lead and help those who have a misunderstanding of Allah of who they see as God and help them replace misunderstanding for understanding.

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