You’re Fired

Who knew that something so jacked up could remind me of the Gospel?


http://abcnews.go.com/Business/security-bill-planned-koran-burning/story?id=11685048

I’m so sick of all the press coverage of this Jones guy. It is great to have dialogue and discussion on these important issues, but his 15 minutes of fame are up. Where’s a trap door when you need one?

On to the cost issue- I’m sure there is so much fine print and city ordinances and details that most people [including myself] know nothing about. As unpleasant as it is, Jones has 1st Amendment rights however ridiculously he planned to use [abuse] them. There are some other crucial facts- the Koran burning stunt didn’t happen. Threats are absolutely to be taken seriously, but the fact it didn’t happen is no detail. Even though Jones & crew didn’t go through with the act, there were still preparations that were already in place and happening before the day. Those who work should be paid. When other public events [demonstrations, parades, or otherwise] happen, there will be a bill. Does the trash pick itself up? Does security secure itself? Wouldn’t you like to have an ambulance on stand by if you needed it? Count the costs before advertising.

The question seems to be who foots the bill? Taxpayers? That could violate separation of church and state. I would not like my tax dollars to be spent on any person or group’s demonstrative whims. The group who organizes the event? Maybe, but this can be problematic, too. Why should they pay for costs that may unintentionally have as a result of an opposing group? If the group organizing the event foots the bill, then there is potential for poor people and groups to lose their voice. This is a complex and difficult issue as evidenced by the continual debates and conversations. If there was a simple solution, then it would happen and everyone would move on.

To be honest, when I heard about this post-stunt bill I immediately thought I’m so glad Jesus counted the cost to pay for my stunts. I’ve never threatened to burn books or done anything on an international level [that I know of], but every day there are little and not so little things that add up to a bill fit for a royal banquet. Imperfection [aka sin] hurts our selves and other people. I don’t just mean murder- The Word says that anger is equivalent to murder. I don’t just mean adultery- The Word says that we can be mentally unfaithful. And so on… He counted the costs and chose to pay the bill.

“Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.” [Hebrews 9:14-15]

“We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us.

We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.” [Romans 3:22-28]

“For you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.” [1 Peter 1:23]