A sign outside of the Church of the Nazarene in Sunnyvale reads "Why I am not a Muslim" Saturday, Nov. 27. The sign is promoting a talk by a Muslim person who converted to Christianity. AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - Some church signs display passages of scripture to comfort, while others sport pithy expressions to challenge passers-by to stop and think.
Sometimes they go a bit further and ignite debate, such as the one in front of the Church of the Nazarene in this San Francisco suburb. It's promoting a Sunday sermon titled, "Why I am not a Muslim."
"I thought, 'That is an offensive sign, per se,'" said Jay Keller, who lives around the corner. "I work with a lot of Muslims and don't know why someone would put up a sign like that. They can't possibly be oblivious to the fact that it might be offensive to some people."...
Neil, I have never seen on any bulletin board a reasonable secular argument about Israel. I see condemnation of Israel of a nation compared the terrorist nations around it. I think I have made good points about the scientific and economic contributions Israel makes to the world.
Do you think that Christians would be any better off, if Israel wasn't there? I think we would be very much better off if we stopped giving money to the Arabs for oil. I'm glad Israel is around to prove that Islam is false. However, the existence of Christians irritates almost as much.
Finally, do you notice how the United States bows down to nuclear powers? Israel is a nuclear power, we should even be treating it better. You do not have to go far to see more comments about Israel, there are many on SermonAudio at the Indian Hills Community Church spot here on SermonAudio.
Bravo, Church of the Nazarene. When you are done with the Muslims, try inviting Jews for Jesus to put on a presentation on why they accept Jesus as Messiah, & reject the Talmud. THEN you'll see some protests brother!
Doug, the answer is simple - Christian Zionism, via C.I. Scofield, the Balfour Declaration, the U.N., Dallas Seminary, Charles Ryrie, and Hal Lindsey. It is almost impossible to have a sober discussion about Israel these days.
It's unfortunate that signs are posted. Is it any wonder why there exists a chance to work with Muslims and demonstrate the "love" of Christ for all men. Is it any wonder why Palestinian Christians are also left unnoticed and their plight not uplifted in a great outpouring of prayer. No wonder many of these Christian brothers ask....why do you in the American Christian Church pray for Israel, but not your Palestinian Christian brothers. It's a popular saying that you and I need to answer...What Would Jesus Do....better yet, What Does Jesus Want You to Do Now?
Ezra, I believe that sign is in poor taste...pun intended.... But, I would go with "Why I'm not a Homosexual" or a direct quote from the Word of God on the issue, but I believe the throwing up the wrist and making gay slurs only adds to the problem. There are comments which cause wrath to be stirred up in contention and there are truths stated to edify which stir up wrath, but never should we belittle with bigoted, slanderous remarks which do more harm than good. We can maintain the biblical position and be firm in our belief that marriage is ordained institution of God and consists of a man and a woman. But it wouldn't be to effective to a gay man sitting in a church thinking about repenting and getting saved if the pastor stood up and said sarcastically "it was adam and eve, not adam and steve" Yet, speaking that same truth in love is quite effective without the malice and sarcasm.
It is very hard for us to imagine such a situation, and to have the courage to see it through. I am convicted that God gives grace at the time of need, and does not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.
That said, at a human level would I judge someone who fell into the temptation to convert? By no means, I would leave that with our heavenly Father.
I believe it was Thomas Cranmer who did fall into the sin of converting. By God's grace he recovered his faith, and when brought to trial once again God sustained him and gave him the grace, not just to face the fires, but to thrust his hand with which he had previously signed his recantation of the Protestant faith into the fire first. How great is our God!
It sure would be a set example of "Why I am not a muslim" Mike. This is a scary world and it would take plenty of faith to step into the church that could be a target, more so than other non-muslim assemblies. I cannot say if I have the courage to do the same thing. Maybe "Concerning the Muslim religion"
True, we must avoid obscuring the truth from the world. Reminds me of a situation of if a Christian is commanded to convert or perish, what would he do?
DJfan88- If a maniac terrorist showed up wielding a gun, knife or explosive device because of this sign, wouldn't that be a perfect example of "Why I am not a muslim"? (I know all muslims are not terrorists, but these days nearly all terrorists are muslim)
Certainly couragious to put up a sign like that, but also dangerous to have it up in the first place. This will probably attract some who are interested, some who are in disagreement, and maybe a vandel. Is there room to say that a maniac terrorist might show up looking like this wielding a gun or knife or explosive device?