Israel 2016 – Part 4

More about the conference Christ at the Checkpoint 4, with its sub-title “The Gospel in the Face of Religious Extremism.”

The conference has a Manifesto of 12 points. Here are a few of them.

  • The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim their prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
  • There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equality and rights of Israeli and Palestinian communities.
  • Any challenge of the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must not be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
  • Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue.
  • Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge the stereotyping of all faith forms, and we object to any faith that betrays God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.

There are presentations by 26 speakers. I will not try to mention or quote all of them!

I am hearing so many different perspectives, and I cannot say I understand all I hear, but clearly, the various speakers are seeking to deal honestly with the Scriptures; to understand the radical nature of Jesus’ teaching about the gospel of the kingdom of God; to present the realities of daily life for Palestinians, who live under occupation; to explore proper Christian responses to injustice and suffering; and to understand and respond to religious extremism in Islam and other faiths. And I affirm these approaches.

2 Responses

  1. A daunting challenge to be sure!!!! May you have divine wisdom and inderstanding! Our prayers are with you!

    • Thanks for your prayers. I feel sustained by God and his people.
      Today I went to a small bird observation center and found, to my delight, they were catching and banding migratory birds; attended an organ concert in a Lutheran Church; went to the area several floors below this convent and pilgrim house where I am staying here in Old City Jerusalem to see the Lithostrotos, an ancient stone pavement like the one (the actual one?) where Jesus was mocked by Roman soldiers; walked to the Garden Tomb, a soul-refreshing experience; on the street met a delightful Egyptian man who now lives in Cleveland, OH, and his son who lives in Rome; took a nap; bought fresh strawberries and baklava on the narrow streets; waved of vendors who wanted to sell me carpets and icons; and just came back from having cappucino alone at The Dubai Restaurant that looked irresistible. All in all, a good day. I thank God for a good heart that, so far, keeps pumping through all my doings.
      You really should have come with me.
      With love,
      Adventurous John

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