Jesus, Drawing Muhammad, and the Idolatry of Free Speech
by Adam Ericksen 05-12-2015 | 9:50am
Let me be clear: There is no Christian defense of a conference that mocks Islam, Muhammad, or Muslims.
Please, tell me, when did Jesus ever endorse ridiculing others? Let me answer that for you: never.
In fact, Jesus says the exact opposite. When he was asked which commandment was the greatest, he responded,
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.As if there were any doubt, Jesus extended the whole “love your neighbor as yourself” law to include even those we call our enemies:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not event he Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.If Christians are going to take seriously Jesus’ command to follow him, then we need to stop this absurd defense of drawing pictures of Muhammad. And if we defend the practice of ridiculing our fellow human beings by hiding behind the freedom of speech, then we have made freedom of speech into an idol.
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