Muslims are burning churches in Egypt and Ethiopia. Muslims are killing Christian converts in Pakistan. Because of terror/murder, most Christians abandoned Lebanon which at one time was 75% Christian. For the same reason Christians are abandoning Iraq.
And this man decides to abandon his religion and follow Allah for Lent.
But why stop here? Lawler could practice all kinds of religions during the Lenten season. Next year he can worship Baal and sacrifice infants by tossing them into a furnace. In the years to follow there's Zeus, Odin, Ohrmazd, Nammu, Dagon, Horus, Buddha, Brahma - just to name a few.
The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or television for Lent.
Instead, Lawler, of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Ferguson, decided to adopt the rituals of Islam for 40 days to gain a deeper understanding of the faith.
On Friday, he faced being defrocked if he continued in those endeavors.
"He can't be both a Christian and a Muslim," said Bishop George Wayne Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. "If he chooses to practice as Muslim, then he would, by default, give up his Christian identity and priesthood in the church."
Lawler, a part-time rector at the church, didn't foresee such problems when he came up with the idea. He merely wanted to learn more about Islam, he said, especially in light of the ongoing congressional hearings on the radicalization of the faith.
On Wednesday, the first day of Lent, he began performing salah five times a day, by facing east, toward Mecca, and praying to Allah. He also started studying the Quran and following Islamic dietary restrictions by abstaining from alcohol, pork and fish.
I do not understand such thinking. His belief must be on pretty shaky ground if he thinks the observance of idolatry pleases the God of Abraham and Isaac. A holy, righteous God cares neither for political correctness nor vain observances. In John 14:15 Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" and no where in the Old or New Testament does this include waving your ass in the air five times a day.