A Bad Sign

May 13, 2007

A sign outside of Good News Independent Baptist Church has created some controversy. One side proclaims:

When is the last time
you heard of a Jew or
a Christian with a
bomb strapped to
their body?
The other side offers:
Don't be decieved
The message of "Islam"
is submit-convert-
or die. Not salvation
in Jesus Christ
This is ridiculous! The first problem with this sign is that it is inaccurate by suggesting that only Muslims are suicide bombers. In fact, the first Palestinian suicide bomber was a Christian (source: a 2002 article by Zaki Badawi in New Scientist). And even if the sign was true it does not mean that Islam is inherently bad just because suicide bombers are Muslims. This would be like saying that Christianity is wrong just because of the Crusades, Inquisition, or televangelist scandals.

The other even bigger problem is that signs like this are likely only to drive people away. How do we expect people to accept the love of Jesus if all we show them is hate? If it were not so sad it would be pretty ironic that the name of the church is "Good News." Why not just stick with the Good News? If this is what love and Good News looks like, then this is a bad sign for us all.


Thanks to Kevin Bussey for pointing out this story. He rightly contends that the sign is "[n]othing like being 'salt and light.'"

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