Monday, March 12, 2012

"Evangelical" Christians Support Palestinian Rights!

Dear Friend of Palestinians and Israelis,



As you know, millions of American "evangelicals" and "Christian Zionists" give unqualified support to Israelis in their quest to occupy and colonize ALL of the land of Isr/Pal. There is now a group of "evangelical Christians" who beg to differ with that assumption.



A group of American and Palestinian Evangelicals held a conference in Bethlehem, earlier this month called CHRIST AT THE CROSSROADS. Below is a report from the organizers about what happened.



Many formerly critical Messianic Jews from America were in attendance (i.e., Jews who are now Jesus followers). They met with evangelical Christians in Palestine. They were introduced to the realities on the ground there. (Among those speaking was Bill Hybels' wife Lynne, who has caught the message of justice for Palestinians).



It is becoming clearer that John Hagee and his followers (CUI - Christians United for Israel) can no longer speak for all American Evangelical Christians. The truth about the Occupation is getting out. The Occupation of historic Palestinian land and the trampling on their human rights must end. It will end. JRK



March 9, 2012


Christ at the Checkpoint: Hope in the Midst of Conflict: 2012

A major breakthrough in the evangelical world took place in Bethlehem through a gathering of over 600 international and local Christians, including renowned evangelical leaders. Organized by Bethlehem Bible College, the conference, under the banner “Christ at the Checkpoint,” addressed the issue of how to find hope in the midst of conflict. The conference exceeded all expectations.



For the first time, a broad spectrum of evangelical believers met literally at the “checkpoint,” and engaged biblically on issues that have historically divided them. Subjects included, Christian Zionism, Islamism, justice, nonviolence, and reconciliation. These themes were intended to create an ongoing forum for Christian peacemaking within the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. These issues were discussed in the form of inspirational messages, Bible study, interactive workshops, panels and site visits.



Defying the temptation to despair, Palestinian Christians demonstrated renewed hope to continue to stand against the injustice of occupation nonviolently and forms of Christian Zionism that marginalize them. They also acknowledged the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure borders.



Speakers included John Ortberg, Bishara Awad, Chris Wright, Doug Birdsall, David Kim, Tony Campolo, Lynne Hybels, Munther Isaac, Shane Claiborne, Joel Hunter, Ron Sider, Salim Munayer and Colin Chapman. Participants from 20 nations and a sizeable delegation of university students including Wheaton College and Eastern University, were moved by the testimony of Palestinian men and women who shared the pain and suffering they experience on a daily basis caused primarily by the continuing occupation.



A unique aspect of the conference was the presence and presentations by members of the Messianic community including Richard Harvey, Evan Thomas and Wayne Hilsden, who provided an integral contribution to the dialogue.



Conference organizers challenged the evangelical community to cease looking at the Middle East through the lens of “end times” prophecy and instead rallied them to join in following Jesus in the prophetic pursuance of justice, peace and reconciliation.




The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto

1. The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.


2. Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.


3. Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant.


4. The Church in the land of the Holy One, has born witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.


5. Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of Scripture.


6. All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.


7. Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity to self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.


8. There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored.



9. Any solution must respect the equity and rights of Israel and Palestinian communities.


10. For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.


11. Any challenge of the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of the State of Israel.


12. Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the Gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.


13. Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.



The Statement and Manifesto were presented to the conference participants on the last day but were only agreed on and endorsed by the Conference Organizers.



Conference Organizers: John Angle, Alex Awad, Bishara Awad, Sami Awad, Steve Haas, Munther Isaac, Yohanna Katanacho, Manfred Kohl, Salim Munayer, Jack Sara, Stephen Sizer



http://www.christatthecheckpoint.com/index.php/about-us/2012-press-release





3 comments:

DEANBERRY said...

"If these Americans and those like them ever fully understand just how much of their suffering — and the suffering we ("jews" - the founders of communism) have inflicted on others — is properly laid on the doorsteps of Israel and its advocates in America, they will sweep aside those in politics, the press and the pulpits alike whose lies and disloyalty brought this about and concealed it from them. They may well leave Israel looking like Carthage after the Romans finished with it. It will be Israel’s own great fault."

- Dr Alan Zabrosky, Jewish former Director of Studies at the US Army War College

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9/11:Israel_did_it

Charles Pedley said...

I am most sorry when anyone suffers, Palestinian Christian, Palestinian Muslim or Israeli of any or no religion. It is a shame that you in this blog do not understand that with suicide bombers killing many Israelis of all kinds which necessitated the wall and rocket attacks on Israeli cities totally ignored by the mainstream dreamland media, that Israel MUST take firm steps to prevent a Trojan horse from Palestine entering Israel as some have causing catastrophe and death to Israelis.

While Palestinians "suffer" as least they suffer alive I assume?

Perhaps if you read of the view of a liberal writer you may see another point of view.

See http://www.cpedley.com/news-of-the-world/?page_id=1154

Shalom Salaam said...

My closest friend is a Palestinian evangelical Christian who has lost family in this conflict. She has no place in Palestine as a Christian or in Israel as an Arab. The injustice performed by both sides must be brought to the forefront. Thank you for this :)