This is something I argue every few months.
I wish he didn't do it.
👉Isaiah 65:5 and Isaiah 29:21
BUT ... Here is my input on it.
Motive is the first attribute required for any validity in the accusation.
We can't tell John Paul's action or motive by the picture.
But we do know what John Paul's characteristic response to Islam.
So that actually is greater than assumption by appearance in a photo.
When John Paul visited Islamic countries, and refused to agree to things to appease Islam.
These are things they said they required for his visit to enter their sacred places. John Paul went in wearing his cross, and refusing to visit and honor their sacred graves.
He refused their requirements.
And that was a huge statement!
So John Paul has a baseline characteristic of himself.
A guilty assumption doesn't overcome the man as he really was in all fairness.
People perceive an appearance of something is greater evidence than othee evidence such as a track record that is characteristic of the person stand.
Love believes the best.
To make guilt by appearances is an injustice towards the accused.
🤷🏽♀️ Even if John Paul did kiss a Quran, we'd need proof that his motive was that of worship and submission to the Quran as he is widely being accused of.
Why aren't we simply assuming the best of John Paul in kissing an enemy, in the heart wrenching anguish he publically showed for persecuted Christians in Islamic nations?
John Paul showed these expressive characteristics his entire papacy.
So why not we judge him in light of what he has shown himself to be in this long running papacy, with alleviating human suffering as his constant papal focus, as he displayed by working with Reagan against Communism, and he won in a big way?
I think it might be a strike against us to diminish great reward by a stain of presumption.
How many "appearances of evil" can we all be judged for?
How many times have we done or said something with a good intention and motive, but turned out it wasn't the best public display of our intention??
I get that it wasn't John Paul's brightest public moment, but if you have such a standard of judgment then you need to apply that to yourself, and everyone you openly approve.
Maybe God allows things like this to test our judgments.
And expose our measures.
John Paul was a Pope who worked hard like Trump. Trump makes a lot of public errors in judgment. Yet he kind of walks on water.
We excuse missteps by weighing them against good ones.
Judge matters according to the nature and quality of a person versus a moment of a person.
The more someone does, the more opportunities there are to criticize them.
We should be different than this.
'1 Corinthians 13'
And all of '1 John'
Again let's be mindful of this, John Paul has a track record that shows his stand regarding Islam.
So, I have to give John Paul the benefit of doubt in the accusation because his character witness says to.
Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.