An influential Southern Baptist withdrew from an interfaith coalition that assists in protecting Muslims against discrimination with regard to building mosques in the U.S.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made the announcement Friday after fellow Southern Baptists had expressed concerns with his involvement in the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, established by the Anti-Defamation League.
“While many Southern Baptists share my deep commitment to religious freedom and the right of Muslims to have places of worship, they also feel that a Southern Baptist denominational leader filing suit to allow individual mosques to be built is ‘a bridge too far,” Land wrote in a letter to the ADL, according to Baptist Press.
The coalition was formed in September amid what it called “a disturbing rise in discrimination against Muslims trying to legally build or expand their houses of worship.” Religious leaders from various faith traditions – Catholic, Protestant, evangelical, Muslim and Jewish – shared mutual concerns over the “hostility” and “hate speech” surrounding recent mosque building projects in Tennessee, Wisconsin and California.
“We believe the best way to uphold America’s democratic values is to ensure that Muslims can exercise the same religious freedom enjoyed by everyone in America,” the coalition affirms in its statement of purpose. “They deserve nothing less than to have a place of worship like everyone else.”
Land has been vocal in his call for the respect of religious freedom, though he opposes the planned Islamic cultural center and mosque in New York City, calling it inappropriate. Still, his decision to join the interfaith coalition to “stand together to fight for the rights of our Muslim neighbors when they are being violated” was met with criticism from fellow Southern Baptists.
Source: Christian Post
Let me first say this: As a Pentecostal Christian who believes in Jesus Christ completely, I do not condone hostility nor speeches filled with hate against Muslims, Catholics, or against anyone. The Bible tells us exactly how our Lord Jesus Christ feels against violence.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Americans have the right and freedom to worship whomever they want. But on the flip side of that coin, myself as a Christian and a person who believes completely in Jesus Christ, I would not go out of my way to help Muslims build a mosque. I would however go out of my way to tell them how Jesus Christ died for our sins, and how he resurrected and is coming soon.
To claim to stand for everything Jesus Christ taught us, then in the next breath fight for individual mosques to be built, brands Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s, a hypocrite.
With love and respect, you can preach to every non-believer alike that Jesus Christ is the one who saves. That God loved the world so much, he gave up his one and only son that whoever believe in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. Wouldn’t any true Christian leader rather do this, then sit there and support mosques being built?
The end of age is near which means Christ is very close to coming. We have no more time left to sit there and pretend that “compliance” with other religions means the same as trying to save them from the eternal pit of hell.
And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Written by: Gloria