The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism


The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism.

This declaration is provided for personal meditation and evaluation. I have good friends who are very much supporters of “Christian Zionism” so my comments on the Declaration referenced here are cautious. I think there are a lot of good points, although I don’t see any reason to think that a ending of “CZ” would have much of an effect on death and suffering in the Middle East. History gives little comfort in that area.

I remember over 20 years ago having young Palestinian boys in the streets of Old Jerusalem chant, “Buy before you die! Buy before you die! Die for the glory of Saddam Hussein!” It is easy for me as a Western Christian to love one side (the Israelis treated me very well) and hate the other side. But as a Christian, I am not tasked to do the easy thing.

Missiologically, however, Christians actively picking sides and even appearing angry when harm occurs to one side and gleeful when harm occurs to the other, has a horrible impact on missions. Ultimately, Christians need to place People above Politics, and God above all else.

Despite popular sentiments, the sword has commonly one its struggle with the pen… but in Christian ministry, love has a much better track record than the sword, or power in general.

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