So last week here at the beautiful University of Nevada, I witnessed what could only be described as a religious hate protest [U of N Article]. Seen by some as evangelism, a group of traveling religious folk gathered outside the student union to protest certain social groups, claiming that hell will be their only answer.
Forgive me for being blunt, but what the hell were they thinking? Quite literally, Christ taught many things in his brief stay on this planet, but upon further study of his life, rarely did he tell a person that they were to be damned to hell. In quite the opposite manner, he didn't give many answers to life, but invoked questions that pierce to the deepest of each man's soul. By no means am I disagreeing that Christ is the only way, merely pointing out that evangelism with love seems to be the most effective and prominent way to spread the story of Christ. Rather than invoking anger and laughter in most students, the group could have been more effective by shutting it and pouring out the love of Christ in a brutal world that needs Him.
Heather and I saw Derek Webb, Sara Groves and Jars of Clay in concert Sunday night in Sacramento. The show began with Derek Webb and his ever-popular mix of flare and spunk. This being my second time seeing him allowed me to enjoy his heart and music even more. Next, Groves tore up the pianos with her mix of serenades and lullabys.
Finally the moment came for my favorite, Jars of Clay. This was only my third time seeing them in concert. They began with a newer mix from their newest CD, redemption songs, but managed to throw in a few favorites like Flood, Love Song for a Savior, Dear God, and Worlds Apart. I was amazed to see towards the end the song Liquid played from their first album. Although there was no drummer and bassist for most of the songs, the band made due with their thick harmonies and acoustic rock.
This semester, I've been more involved in the changing environments of our region, nation and world. I've subscribed to the Wall Street Journal, began watching BBC World News, and have become an avid listener to NPR. This new outpouring of information can sometimes create an overload, but all the while help to create fascinating viewpoints that a Twentysomethings male like myself may have missed.
Case in point: The Muslim Outrage Over A Comic (Yahoo News Reports)
Recently, a Danish newspaper posted a satire involving Muslim prophet Mohammed wearing a suicide bomb in his turban. I imagine the comic was aimed at teasing radical Muslims who participate in such actions. But the Muslim community has become increasingly outraged at the comic, setting aflame Danish embassies all across the world. Many have been killed, hundreds more hurt.
I can't stress how angry this makes me against these riots and burnings. The journal had a right to free speech, as do I in this blog. Day after day, newspapers and publications have anti-Semitic and anti-Christian rhetoric, and yet these receive no hype. I think that the reaction by Muslims is completely inappropriate, even as I do not necessarily agree with the comics.