I’m sorry, to all who worship and serve in and near the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Islamic Center of Hawthorne, in the name of Jesus. The real Jesus doesn’t advertise himself like this, and I’m certain the vandals acted without his approval or direction. So sure, in fact, I’m writing this to all of the vandals and any who may act this way, or worse, in the future: DON’T.
I imagine painting graffiti on the outside of the mosque was the action of an overzealous artist who thinks he’s being a good evangelical. Only, THIS is not a Christian action, this is moronic on so many levels. It’s similar, just not as drastic, to an idiot who thinks he’s following Christ by blowing up a medical facility. Where’s the logic in being “pro-life” but killing medical practitioners because they provide abortions? Do you think you’re at war? Well you are, but remember this little note?
II Corinthians 10:
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Sorry, I don’t have the humble, gentle nature of Paul. But see those underlined words up there? Verse 4 is also translated “The implements of our war are not fleshly, but dynamic through God.” Click the link:(http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/2co10.pdf) to see my source. It’s not a war against a flesh-and-blood enemy. It’s a war you fight by praying and letting God direct you. This vandalism represents neither love nor truth. It represents ass holes misappropriating the name of Jesus.
How does the world fight? They kill each other, hurt each other, maim each other, they are vengeful, doing what is natural for humans who haven’t tasted God’s grace. How do we who ARE supposed to have tasted the grace of God supposed to fight? By praying and then waiting for God to instruct. But those verses up there tell me that human weapons aren’t effective in a spiritual struggle, in fact they are contrary to God’s methods.
Therefore, I beg you, people who are giving Jesus a bad name, and subjecting Christ-followers to scorn: STOP YOUR SHIT, or don’t bring Jesus to the table when you do it. You are a fucking idiot and you are making all other Christians look like idiots. I’m embarrassed that you did this. It’s destructive and requires someone to clean up your fucking mess, almost as bad as if you had blown it up.
It’s one thing to defend yourself against an active shooter or bomber, I get that. But to take it upon yourself to act like a two bit vandal? Turn yourself in, clean up your mess, and apologize, and don’t do anything more claiming it’s “in the name of Jesus.” It’s sin, in your own name, the name “fucking idiot.” Leave Jesus out of it.
Jesus IS the way. But you’ve got His way all wrong. NOT THIS WAY. Do it first with prayer, and fasting if necessary, then with love in your actions, truth in your words AFTER filtering with love, and speaking with logic. If you can’t do it the right way, find a good teacher. One who acts like Jesus. As I recall, Jesus spoke to correct heretical scribes and teachers and drove the money changers out of HIS church, not someone else’s church. So do it that way: first fix yourself, then fix your own church, and then pray for the people you think are wrong, who are going to those other places to worship.
The sad irony is the print behind that graffiti. It says, “Love for All.”
Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.
This link addresses Christ-followers, in their approach to one another, but a section of it seemed apt here: “Keep it shut… You better take a breather because no one will believe that you’re a Christian.” Oh, and it’s so very 80s. Loved it. Maybe you will too: Eric Champion, “Keep Your Mouth to Yourself.” I’ve fired off my shotgun, and I’m done.