Saturday, 11 September 2010
Back in 2001, I lead a 45-person disaster relief team to Ground Zero. Sadly, New York has recently become entrenched in tension again. You have probably heard an Islamic community center is planned to go in near Ground Zero. This has triggered some volatile stuff like…
Some radical Christians are planning controversial protests such as a mass Quran burning in Florida, which has already provoked threats of jihad from Islamic extremists.
A middle eastern cab driver in NYC was also recently stabbed by a man with background as a multi-faith peace group member.
There have been attempted vandalism/arson against Islamic buildings.
I’ve been thinking this might be a great time for some of us to offer a less-political message on this day. I’ve been trying to remember Jesus’ revolutionary ideas–to love our neighbors as ourselves, to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. I think no matter how a person views the Muslims behind the proposed community center (whether a person sees them as friends or enemies), the words of Jesus challenge us to respond well.
I asked Zondervan to do two things as a gesture of goodwill in the middle of the current arguments surrounding Ground Zero:
- Beginning September 13th , they will be GIVING AWAY the full, electronic version of Picking Dandelions: A Search for Eden Among Life’s Weeds through Amazon. (Part 4 of which contains the retelling of my experience at Ground Zero. Click here (PDF) to read an excerpt about my experience). Normal retail value: $9.99 Limited time only.
- They will be offering a discount code for rescue personnel around the country to acquire a deeply discounted copy of the paperback version of the book. I believe it will be the word RESCUE used at the Zondervan checkout I’ll confirm this later.