What evangelicals get wrong about Israel and the Palestinians

Kirsten Powers writes: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Sadly, this isn’t Scripture you hear many evangelicals quoting when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though Jesus uttered the words in the Sermon on the Mount. Instead of making peace, American evangelicals have mostly picked sides and offered unquestioning, blind loyalty to Israel, with little to no regard for the plight of the Palestinian people.

“Declaring that evangelical Christians are ‘on the front line of defense for Israel in the United States of America,’ the Rev. John Hagee brought delegates to the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit 2012 to their feet with loud cheering and even the sounds of shofars being blown,” The Times of Israel reported in April 2012.

That same month, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told NBC News of evangelical support of Israel, “American evangelicals have it in their DNA: God blesses those who bless the Jews and curses whoever curses the Jews.”

During the GOP primary, many evangelicals expressed support for Newt Gingrich, who called Palestinians “invented people.” Someone from a country that is a few hundred years old complaining about “invented” national identities would be comical if the crux of his message weren’t so offensive. Such despicable nonsense is spouted for one reason: to dehumanize Palestinians. After all, if they are just invented, pretend people, then who cares what happens to them?

Since when is dehumanizing people — God’s creation — an acceptable Christian view? [Continue reading...]

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  1. The continue reading for the above story doesn’t work. I’ve noticed this glitch occurring on other stories,especially when it pertains to Israeli and/or criticism of same. An oversight, perhaps?

  2. Norman,

    I am not so sure it has anything to do with criticism of…. But the continue reading clitch does happen at times. One can always go to the original source of the article by clicking on the caption in blue- eg. Kirsten Powers writes….

  3. Thanks for pointing that out Bill — that is, the fact that the “continue reading” link is the same as the one at the beginning of each article excerpt. When the “continue reading” link happens to be missing, this isn’t exactly a glitch. It means I forgot to cut and paste the link. Some readers (maybe most) may be totally unaware that there is a lot of handwork involved in maintaining this site. I don’t have a magic wand that allows me to point at a news article and make it magically reappear on my site.