A very nice Christian Woman posted "a funny" on Facebook today. She wrote:
Regarding the Mosque being build near Ground Zero. I say let them build it. But then, across the street we should put a topless bar called "You Mecca Me Hot" and next to that a gay bar called "The Turban Cowboy" and next to that a Pork Rib restaurant called "Iraq-O-Ribs" and next to that a check cashing place called "Iran out of Money" then we'll see who's tolerant. Copy and paste if you agree.
I then "liked" the funny, and posted my own comment:
Welcome to New York, where tolerance is expected. And for the record, I do not think the head of this mosque is going to have any problem with any of that. But a church? They will FREAK OUT. Just say "God damn these fools that surround us," and some Christians will have a melt down, because "the Lord's" name is being used in vain.... as if God had a name, or cared what we called it.
A quick Freak Out then ensued:
Gosh Patrick - I guess I'd have to say I fall into that Christian category who freaks out hearing God's name in vain! I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to remove your comment.
At which point I provided a little Christian instruction:
How funny. You can sling contempt for other folk's God, but not your own? You can mock their ethos and institutions, but not your own? The Bible talks about that, doesn't it? See Matthew 7:3-5. And it also talks about what you should do to live a Christian life (See Matthew 7:12 or Luke 6:31). Just saying....
No names here, because none of this is personal.
But if we are to be Christians, then let us act like Christians.
In Matthew 7:3-5 we find:
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
And in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31, we find the Golden Rule:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
That is all....