In my previous post, I dealt with the whole "rallying of the troops" (see the comments, too!) mentality being espoused by many, to co-opt Sunday morning worship and devotion and Christ in our churches and to replace it with Allah, Muhammad & the Quran and called it, fairly, I think, "A Reactionary Absurdity."
As I was driving home from class this afternoon, I had a thought cross my mind that went something like: "Had their not been a plan to burn the Quran, none of this would have ever happened in the first place. Now that the Fla minister has called off the burning, which has incited rage and rioting as well as the push for more than several church goers to sacrifice Sunday morning worship and devotion of/to Christ to speak about Islam and their book, has his plan actually backfired?"
Then, I had another thought: "If we can give up one gathering devoted to Christ in the name of tolerance, novelty and education, what is to stop us from giving up all 52 Sundays?" Simply put, Nothing! Or, why not devote 51 Sundays to other religious texts and movements and to put Christianity on a level playing field, give it only 1 Sunday too?
For Sepetember you could read books from Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. For October you could read from books for the Mormonism, Jehova's Witnesses, Judaism and the Occult (especially for Halloween Sunday). For November you could read from texts focused on Deism, Jainism, Bahaism and Confuscianism. For December congregations could focus their worship on Taoism, Shintoism, Babism and Mandaeism. And you know, I could keep going and keep going until we have a year full of meetings that finally looks nothing like Christian worship but more like a college class on world religions. Even more, we could really deflate them all and reduce them all to mere similarities, just like we as Post-Englightenment folk, love to do (reduce everything) until basically they are all the same thing.
What this all really leads to in my estimation is not only religious ridiculousness but a denial of allegiance to Christ. As I said before, there is a time and a place to speak of these other things but not "in the place of" expressing our loyalty, allegiance, devotion and worship to Jesus Christ.