Terry Jones got a lot of publicity for himself and his church last week. That's too bad. They're just a group of oddball extremists who once again tarnished the image of churches in America by threatening to burn a copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book. Groups like this are not representative of the Christian faith yet they are singled out and highlighted constantly.
I'd like to suggest that most committed Christians in America belong to churches that quietly and faithfully engage in the work of the kingdom of God. The average-sized congregation in the US is 100-200 people. These congregations will never garner the news coverage or attention that megachurches and heretics will receive, but many are working and ministering in their communities in remarkable ways.
Terry Jones, a pistol-packing pastor more cult leader than clergy, has once again cast a dark shadow on American Christianity and gained the attention of the world. Jones convinced his small congregation, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., to collect and burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Fortunately, amid condemnations from President Obama, Gen. David Petraeus, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck—when have we ever heard these ideological adversaries agree on anything?—and a host of Christian leaders, the book-burning was cancelled.
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Had the rally gone on the consequences could have been dire...