DID YOU MISS 'MAKING GAZA SIMPLE FOR CHRISTIANS'?
By Rev. Ted Pike
2 Feb 09
Distracted by events following the Obama inauguration, did you
miss our latest 10-minute video? Because it was released the day after
the inauguration, I’m afraid thousands did.
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Claims and counterclaims surround the recent crisis in Gaza. Yet,
we can’t understand the right or wrong of events in the troubled
Mideast without knowing God’s spiritual law about
Palestine. This law was repeatedly set forth over 3000 years ago.
If you are a Christian, you must take the Bible very seriously -- as the written
word of God. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word
shall not pass away.” (Mark 13:31) This means the eternal truths laid
down thousands of years ago in Holy Scripture remain true.
Yet, many evangelical Christians say God’s law no longer applies to the
modern state of Israel. What law am I talking about? In the Old Testament,
God repeatedly instructed His people, the Israelites, that the land of Canaan
was to be holy. It could only be occupied by a holy, obedient people.
When they rebelled, God allowed them to be driven out. They could only reenter
in repentance.  God says that if Israel rebels, "The Lord will
scatter you among the nations"(Deut. 4:27). But if they repent, "The
Lord your God will restore you from captivity" (Deut. 30:3).
God could not have been clearer. He even banned Moses from entering
the land – because Moses disobeyed Him on just one point! If Christians
today truly respected Scripture, they would know God’s conditional terms
still apply. Those terms are as binding today as in the time of Joshua or Ezra—righteous
men who led obedient Israelites into Palestine.
Today, American Christians and Jews both believe the opposite of the Bible. They
say God no longer requires obedience! Many millions of secular Jews got
a green light from evangelicals during the 20th century and returned to Israel
in disobedience of Old Testament law. Religious Jews returned
while rejecting their true Messiah, Jesus.
When I remind many Christians of God's conditional terms, their logic goes
into lockdown. Somehow they think God wants a disobedient return!
Evangelicals seem to believe He reversed His original terms and now endorses
mass return of millions of Christ-rejecting Jews to Palestine. Obedience, which
once mattered so much, evidently means nothing to God today!
Applying Scripture to Gaza
What does this have to do with the present crisis in Gaza and the
Mass Jewish presence in Palestine violates God’s law in the same way
that contact between two bare, electrified wires creates tremendous conflict
in the laws of electricity. It explodes in a shower of sparks. In the same
way, a rebellious Jewish nation in Palestine creates an explosion of strife.
No human peace treaty or negotiations can ever bring lasting peace.
From its beginning, Zionism was birthed in violence. Jewish terrorists committed
major atrocities against the Palestinians in the months preceding and following
independence in 1948. On April 9, 1948, under orders from future Prime Minister
Menachim Begin, 250 sleeping Arab men, women and children of the town of Deir
Yassin were slaughtered by Zionist Irgun terrorists. Their bodies were
hacked in pieces, many stuffed into a well. The International Red Cross
arrived, documenting the atrocity even while the killing continued.
Then the Irgun terrorists proclaimed throughout Palestine that any Arabs who
remained would receive the same fate. Eight hundred thousand native Palestinians
fled Israel. These innocent refugees were interned by Israel in squalid concentration
camps such as Gaza and the West Bank. They still suffer there today. (See my
Founding: Miracle or Land Grab?", 8/4/08 at www.truthtellers.org)
Is it surprising that after more than 60 years of imprisonment, humiliation
and deprivation by Israeli overlords, many Palestinians have turned toward
violence? They are desperate to obtain not just freedom but the attention of
an indifferent world. The futile, senseless, and counterproductive rocket attacks
of Hamas are the actions of a people frenzied by at least six decades of endless
These rockets, which arch out of Gaza toward Israel, aren’t acts of effective
war-making. They are like flares shot high into the night sky from a
sinking ship, whose passengers desperately hope to attract notice and compassion.
True Christians have no business assisting a nation which has driven human
beings to such acts of desperate madness. If we do, Scripture warns we "become
partakers of their evil deeds" (II John 1:11).
Someday Israel will be Humbled
Scripture is emphatic that someday Israel's present counterfeit
return will be demolished by the forces of Antichrist. Out of the
Great Tribulation, a remnant of beleaguered disillusioned Jews will
at last obey Christ. Then and only then will He sanction their
return to Palestine. At Christ's return, these Jews will give
God the same obedience Abraham gave, and He will endorse their occupation
of a land promised to Abraham.
Until then, Christians are way out of line in bidding Godspeed to the bully
of the Mideast: Israel. It is long overdue for Christians to stop sending tens
of millions of dollars to this oppressor. Instead, Christians should speed
with compassion toward the suffering Palestinians, a proud people sinking lower
in their sea of despair. We should protest Israel’s continuing oppressions.
We should also help alleviate the poverty and hopelessness which drives the
Palestinians to desperate violence.
Christ described the Good Samaritan's mercy on the wounded, robbed traveler
thrown into a ditch and ignored. Today, the Palestinians have been robbed
by Israel of their ancestral lands, dignity, and freedom. Israel has thrown
them into a ditch of contempt in the eyes of self-righteous Jews and Christians
who ignore them. No one should exist beyond Christian mercy, including
the Palestinians. The Good Samaritan broke ranks with established norms
of acceptable compassion. He extended hands of mercy to a victim who symbolized
the Palestinians of today.
It is time that Christians identify not with a nation of robbers who cast people
in the ditch to die but with the Good Samaritan who revealed God’s astonishing
love and mercy.
Christian, are you like the self-righteous Levites and Pharisees who passed
the man by? Or do you have the same compassion as the Good Samaritan?
1. Passages laying down God's terms of conditional occupation include Leviticus
18:28, 26:27-46, Numbers 14:23, Deuteronomy 4:26-27, 6:18, 7:12, 8:21, 25,
37, 41, 63, 64, 28:58-64, 29:28, 31:3, 18, Ezekiel 13:9, and Jeremiah 29:13.
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