Flip Benham doesn’t speak for me or Jesus

This is a story from before the Muslim Community Center

About a dozen right-wing Christians, carrying placards and yelling “Islam is a lie,” angrily confronted worshippers outside a Fairfield Avenue mosque Friday.

“Jesus hates Muslims,” they screamed at worshippers arriving at the Masjid An-Noor mosque to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan. One protester shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque. “Murderers,” he shouted.

Police arrived on the scene to separate the groups, but said no arrests were made.

Flip Benham, of Dallas, Texas, organizer of the protest, was yelling at the worshipers with a bullhorn.

…but it shows what is happening out there almost daily…

Do you really like that Jesus hates Muslims? Or do we stand with the Scriptures and read as Paul wrote,

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Rom 5:8 NLT)

Now, I’m not sure about others, but as a sinner, I was worse than a Muslim… because I pretended to know Christ, pretended to speak for Him, and used His name as weapon, all the while being nothing more than a sinner. This is not the model of Christianity that I seek to know, or seek to instill in myself, my children, and others.

A group of western New York teenagers have been accused of harassing members of a mosque in Carlton, New York, during their evening Ramadan prayers, according to authorities. The teens allegedly yelled obscenities and insults at members of the mosque on Monday, and sideswiped a worshiper with a vehicle and fired a shotgun outside the mosque last Friday. The Times says it is “unclear” whether there is any connection between these incidents and that other little mosque story in the news these days. The county’s D.A. says these provocations are more intense than any they’ve seen before: “We’ve had minor incidents, but nothing of this magnitude in the past.” The teens have been charged with disrupting a religious service, a misdemeanor.

Teenagers Charged in Harassment at Mosque [NYT]

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “Flip Benham doesn’t speak for me or Jesus

  1. It is sad, that we don’t try to get along with people of different faith, they are not all bad, there is good and bad in every race,and religion. I think we will defiantly be judged on this.We are to walk in faith and be not afraid of anything that will come at us.. I pray for all of Gods children… He made us all. I don’t like any religion if it is extreme … but you never know, look at all the people in other countries being killed because they believe in God…

  2. I’ve come to realize in recent years how racist and prejudiced American Christians are. By confusing the United States with the Kingdom of God, they view any threat to their Holy Society as a threat to the Gospel. They’re blind to their idolatry and what it has led them to regarding their treatment of others, here and abroad. Very sad.

    Very sad, that I feel like when I say I’m a Christian I immediately need to say…but not one of those people!

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