Over at the Holy Kaw blog today they referred to a Venn Diagram from Blame It On The Voices that shows what a Google search finds by putting “why are Muslims so…” in the search bar and doing the same with “Christians” and “Jews”. As you can see in the diagram, the words that came out are not at all flattering and depict stereotypes.
A famous NPR journalist was recently fired for his insensitivity to Muslim people in public comments. I recently wrote and had a discussion on the controversy of the local mosque in Temecula on this blog. I believe faith and culture collide more in our daily life than we care to admit in our pluralistic society.
One thing cannot change, regardless of our postmodern thought evolution’s influence on us and our culture. Our belief will impact and change culture and often that is where sparks will fly. In the Bible the story of the riot of Ephesus among idol makers in Acts 19:23 depicts such a conflict. Local tradesman and merchants were enraged at the message that contradicted not only their religion but how it impacted their culture and commerce.
What Christian thinking do you have that if lived out enough today might cause a riot?