Militant Muslims really don’t need a reason to protest and riot, but they are using the garage made video that insults Muhammad as the current excuse to protest in a number of countries. They are all up in arms because a former Egyptian made this video that appeared on YouTube.
Despite the evidence, the White House is still trying to link the video to the cause of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of four Americans including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
In a surprise move, President Obama said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that although he condemned the video, he stands by the freedom of speech that gave the film’s creator the right to make it. He also called for peace and that the rest of Muslim world should not take their anger out against America and Americans for the act of just a few people.
Nonetheless, Muslims worldwide get agitated and incensed every time someone says anything that they take as an insult to Muhammad, Allah or the Quran. However, the hypocrisy lies with the fact that they can turn around say anything they please to insult Jesus, God and Bible. If a Christian takes offense to the insults, it’s the Christian’s problem, not the Muslim who made it.
So in the wake of all of the turmoil over an insignificant video, Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorsani has declared that Jesus was an illegitimate child and that the only thing that made Jesus holy was the Quran. Speaking out concerning the anti-Muslim video, Khorsani said:
“Hey, clueless pope who has chosen silence (on the Muhammad video), answer this: If there was no Quran, then as the Bible and the Torah have it, Jesus the son of Miriam is a bastard and a bastard will be forbidden from the heavens of God, and so the high place of Jesus is due to the existence of the Prophet Muhammad as the last prophet by God.”
“The Prophet is the light of God and everlasting and that Allah, among all of His prophets, only compares himself to Muhammad and clearly calls him the last of His prophets with the most complete and righteous religion.”
Had someone said anything similar about Muhammad, the entire Muslim world would be in an uproar and out to kill the person who said it. Muslim extremists would hunt that person down to the ends of the earth and kill them for such blasphemy.
A couples centuries ago, Christians would have done the same thing had someone publicly said what the Ayatollah said about Jesus. But not these days. No, Christians just get a little irked, may say a few things to a couple of people and then drop it as if nothing happened.
I’m not sure if it is because Christianity truly is the religion of peace and Islam the religion of hate or if it is because Christians have become too complacent. Christ taught us to turn the other cheek and His example of not defending Himself during His trial should be our way of reacting. As sinners, we find such derogatories gets our blood boiling and we want to lash out and retaliate. But Christ within us tells us that they are only words and that we should not sin against anyone, even an enemy by returning sin with sin.
Yet on the flip side, God is a God of justice and as such, demands that people be held accountable for their actions. Jesus never repealed the Law. He came to fulfill it. So technically, we are still under the law and the law says that anyone that blasphemes the Lord, then he needs to be held accountable for that action.
So, fellow Christians, what are we going do about the Ayatollah’s blasphemous statement about Jesus? Better yet, what SHOULD we do according to Scripture? I am curious to hear back from all of you.