A Modell of Christian Charity?
The Rev. Creighton Lovelace, pastor of the Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City, NC, earned his fifteen minutes of fame and an interview on the evening news (MSNBC) today by planting this sign in front of his church on the busiest road in the county.
In news reports, Rev. Lovelace was quoted as saying, "I don't hate Muslims, I just hate their false doctrines." On national TV, the smug little butterball actually waved a Bible at the camera (They do that for real and not just in caricatures?) and flat-out said the Koran was a corruption of the truth, the work of Satan.
Something tells me Pastor has been paying way too much attention to the book of Revelation, and not nearly enough to the sayings of Jesus himself, lately.
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"
"Judge not, that ye be not judged."
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets."
"Not every one that saith unto me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?' And then will I profess unto them, 'I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'"
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
If the next town down around the bend of Pastor's busy road isn't named Jericho, it ought to be.