Look No Further Than This

Yesterday was “Muslim Day” at the State Capital. Hundreds of Muslims gathered peacefully and exercised their constitutional right of speech and assembly. But, right in the middle of their peaceful gathering, this happened:

A question, a comment, and a request…

First, a question: Why was this woman not arrested?!!

Second, a comment: If you want to know why we had our gathering in support of Muslim friends and the Muslim community last Sunday at Northaven, look no further than this video. Here’s an album of pictures. And here is our statement for the day.

Peace-loving Muslim neighbors who live down your street are genuinely afraid of the vitriol being spewed against them. I read this in the faces of those who thanks us last Sunday.

After the gathering Sunday, dozens and dozens of grateful Muslims vigorously shook my hand, and expressed sincere gratitude to know that  some Christians support their constitutional right to worship and assemble as they wish. Some Christians understand that they are decent and good people of faith, fine neighbors and citizens. And some of us are willing to say so publicly. This shouldn’t be controversial in any way. This should be what all Christians are doing.

Gathering to Support Muslims at Northaven UMC

Finally, a request: If you expect Muslims to stand up against those you believe are Muslim terrorists (and many do, btw…) then you as a Christian must stand against this.
I, for one, repudiate the actions of this woman as both un-Christian and un-Constitutional. Let me say it this way: If you’re screaming the love of Jesus at people with that kind of vitriol, nobody– not even your Christian friends– should come to your defense.

So you, Christians who demand that Muslims demand this of other Muslim are YOU willing to repudiate this?

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

One thought on “Look No Further Than This

  1. It should be apparent that the United States is NOT, and was NOT setup to be a Christian nation. Founded on the idea of freedom of religion, our nation only works properly when there is no one, preferred religion at the helm. Freedom of religion was put into the Constitution to protect all religious expressions. Apparently right-wing conservative Christians think it means that as Americans we’re free to be whatever Christian denomination we may choose. Of course this is silly, it also includes Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Hindus, members of the Bahai Faith and Scientology or whatever religious expression is chosen.

    As a “Christian,” she apparently has no understanding of how to walk by the Spirit. That, of course, is why she is acting out according to the flesh. Her actions, though perhaps motivated by jealousy for God (if we give her the benefit of the doubt), do NOT represent the character, work and ministry of Jesus Christ. Not unlike the terrorists, who westerners confuse to be representative of all Muslims, my hope is that non-Christians will realize that this women does not represent the vast majority of Christendom.

    Yes, she should have been arrested.

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