Blog- Pastor Terry Jones, Porn Stars, Guantanamo Bay

This weekend I was having lunch with a friend and he was telling me about how Pastor Terry Jones was back in the news. This time, he was actually burning Qur’an’s. This had resulted in a retaliation from Muslims in the Middle-East in killing over 20 and wounding 80 more.

I have a hard time sleeping at night, so I watch a lot of TV. Last night, I come across an MTV special where they’re showing the damages of pornography addiction. A woman on there who had become a recently popular porn star, was explaining on the camera how all she wanted was for her parents to love and accept her. She was crying about how if she had only won the award for best new starlet, then her family friends would love and accept her. She said that she needed to have sex every day, otherwise, every minute of her life would be consumed by sexual thoughts and desires.

Though it was ordered to be shut down by President Obama shortly after his presidency had begun, he decided to hold the trials of 9/11 terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay has been known for its torture tactics on those who were detainees from the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars.

The more closely draw to Jesus and the Bible, I hold to a few very simple truth’s. The Bible calls Jesus the “new Adam”. Ultimately, Jesus came to fulfill what Adam was not able to, be a sinless human. This was God’s new vision for the world, a new humanity. In this new humanity, there is no room for the Pastor Terry Jones and Guantanamo Bay’s. And, there is immense grace for the Porn Stars and Muslims being tortured. In the new humanity, we learn to live, love and love the humanity of others. And, while this doesn’t mean we have to agree with the things they do or what they believe, we love the image they were created in. In the new humanity, we learn to honor the humanity of others. We learn to love what God loves (faith, hope, love, beauty, compassion, justice, peace) and we learn to hate what God hates (violence, abuse, poverty, sin).

In the Kingdom of God, there is no room for the hate of Pastor Terry Jones. I’m willing to guess that if he carries down this road, when he dies, Jesus will say to him “Depart from me, I never knew you.” And, the Porn star is met with compassion in this life. This porn star will be loved in her wounds and addiction. She will find that love and acceptance that she so desperately craves. In the Kingdom of God, Guantanamo Bay shuts down and allows the prisoners to fall into humane ethical consequences, even if what they did was inhumane.

This is what this life is all about. Not being religious, or rich. But, being human. Loving our humanity. Humanity fell apart when it wanted to be God, and, now we have Jesus to lead our anxiety, fears and depressions to the cross and find resurrection. This is the point of Easter. It’s great for the next life, but, much better for this one.

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2 thoughts on “Blog- Pastor Terry Jones, Porn Stars, Guantanamo Bay

  1. I enjoyed this, though you side with the prostitute due to her life circumstances that potentially drove her to find acceptance in the pornography industry. Granted Terry Jones is outright hurting people, but what if his own personal life story was one where he was taught hatred and to mistrust those different from us. It would seem there’d be grace for that. We are often the product of our circumstances (though you can’t blame that totally). Then again I’m on a grace kick right now (long before Rob Bell brought up love wins)

    • mfries05 says:

      Thanks Charlie for commenting so much. I could never agree with a Porn Stars way of life. It not only destroys her own existential being, but, it also creates such terrible systems, where we women can be defined by their body and not even on a larger scale of who they are within their own personality, intelligence and skills. And, even on a grander scale than that, their own identity as a Child of God.

      I got quite a few responses like the grace ones for Terry Jones. My thoughts on this are as such: The only people Jesus cuts out, are those who cut others out. By burning Qua’ran’s and instigating hate speech, Jones has created this exclusionary lifestyle for Muslims. I believe the Jesus response is, is to cut Jones out. We could talk about Church discipline, however, my interpretation of Church Discipline, is that it requires us to be in covenantal relationships with that person. Being, that I am not in relationship with Terry Jones, I cannot do this. However, and, I think this has been done so beautifully by Greg Boyd in the past, especially in regards with John Piper, when someone makes bold statements, detrimental to the character of God, we ought to voice ourselves, and, potentially, isolate ourselves from that person, to reveal the true nature of God to the world. Otherwise, we continue the preexisting thought that Muslims have, which, America is a Christian nation, and, what is done here, to them, is an act of Christianity vs Islam. This message, through Terry Jones, does not display the true nature of God.

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