Pastors Should Preach Love, Not Hate

Florida pastor Terry Jones is planning a Quran burning ceremony on Sept. 11. (http://articles.cnn.com/2010-07-29/us/florida.burn.quran.day_1_american-muslims-religion-cair-spokesman-ibrahim-hooper?_s=PM:US) If you are a Christian and you agree with this pastor’s views, I hope you will reflect on these Bible verses:

1 John 4:20—If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.


Matthew 5:43-44—You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you.


Luke 6:28—Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

These second two verses are the words of Christ himself. Too often, we Christians fail to follow his teaching and his example.

If you believe in prayer, I encourage you to join me in praying that this pastor will have a change of heart and demonstrate love, not hate.

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