Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3
If you have a heart for the Palestinian Christians who are suffering under military occupation you will be lambasted with words like anti-semitic, terrorist, muslim extremist and replacement theology. Before you can breath a response you will be told if you say anything negative about Israel you’ll be cursed. If this is true the major prophets, minor prophets, apostles and Jesus are all cursed!
The first attack anyone who cares about Palestinians face is that they are Anti-Semitic, even though hundreds of thousands of Jewish people also care! Are they Anti-Semitic? Huge rallies have been held where Jewish people openly protest against the atrocities of military occupation and destruction of hard working people’s homes.
The Palestinian Christians, far from hating the Jews, take great pride in telling visitors about their Samaritan community and do clarify a difference between Zionist and Jew. I was there two weeks and in that time I never once heard a disparaging remark about Jewish people from Christians or Muslims, their beef is with the Zionists and military occupation force, not the Jews.
Is it Anti-Semitic to preach the Gospel to Jewish people? The bible commands the gospel be preached first to the Jew, then the Gentile, yet when a Palestinian Christian does this he is called Anti-Semitic! The irony is that evangelicals who refuse to preach the gospel to Jews are the ones being anti-semitic. Why withhold good news?
The man who married me to my wife met The Lord while an inmate in a Northern Ireland H-Block. He was imprisoned while an active member of the UVF. After he became a Christian the only act of terrorism he ever committed was to marry me to my wife! Yes, there really were a small number of people labeled as terrorists in Northern Ireland, but it was not honest to say all Christians and Atheists in Ireland were terrorists, just as accusing all Palestinians of being terrorists today is dishonest. There are terrorists in France, but not all French are terrorists! This maligning is unfair and unhelpful.
You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.
The West Bank’s Christian presence is unavoidable. There are many Christian shops and churches. On British television they play the Muslim call to prayer in coverage while in real life you hear church bells as well. It is no wonder so few Palestinians drink, this is not the place to be with a hangover! At the Christmas parade many muslims in the crowd wish the Christians a Merry Christmas. Even Muslim owned cafes have Christmas trees. Hardly Extremist. There are extremists in France, England and elsewhere so there will doubtless be some lurking in Palestine too, but far from the majority.
In The West Bank you are constantly asked if you have children. These people love children so much so they can’t get their heads round any married couple that don’t have any. They live together as families and if you want to see a proud dad watch the parents of children on parade. Evangelicals who claim people in The West Bank callously use their children as human shields are guilty of slander and bring shame on the gospel.
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
1 Peter 2:1
This phrase is used to discredit anyone who cares about Palestinian Christians. By making eschatology the only issue people’s homes being bulldozed, people being shot without inquest and structures built to accelerate ethnic cleansing are all justified in their minds. There is a lack of integrity in this misuse of an eschatological position.
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
Protection from Terrorists
I visited a number of the huge seperation walls and fences only to discover they didn’t divide the Zionist and Jewish communities at all, what most did was to cut Palestinians, often Palestinian Christians, off from their farms and restrict movement, thus bankrupting them. Evangelicals say this is to stop terrorist snipers. From what, shooting their own olives? I can understand clearing near roads used by military forces, but not cutting off acres and acres of land without paying a penny in compensation.
If one member suffers, all suffer together.
1 Corinthians 12:26
I am not getting involved in politics or eschatological debate over the State of Israel, but I must address slurs, slander, libel and lies from the evangelical community about Palestinians and Palestinian Christians. These must be contested as our own brothers and sisters already suffering military occupation suffer yet further as a direct result. We must address injustices against all peoples whether atheist, muslim or otherwise.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths.