Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Islamic Cartoons and Evangelical Christians

I had lunch today with a friend from Indonesia. He is a former Muslim who became a Christian a number of years ago. We talked about a lot of things, including the now famous cartoons that have sparked riots in a number of places around the world.

As we talked, I began to wonder what the reaction of evangelical Christians should be to these cartoons. I have heard Christians reacting in a number of ways. The question that came to my mind was the following:

If Christians believe that every person has instrinsic value, and that we should respect each other's opinions and beliefs (even if we disagree with them) then should we as evangelicals not in some way stand with Muslims who feel dishonored by these cartoons?

Perhaps evangelicals should publically express the fact that making fun of another individual's deeply held religious beliefs is simply inappropriate and wrong. We should condemn the violence, but just maybe, we should communicate how wrong it is to dishonor or shame those who follow Islamic teachings. People should always be treated with respect, even if we disagree with them.

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