He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations. (Psalm 111:6)
Read: 1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11
Relate: Today my adopted country kicked out the ambassador from Israel in protest against the way Israel is handling the protests in Jerusalem. The Senate in Pakistan passed a resolution condemning Israel over the same. The President of France condemned the violence. Various political parties or groups in the UK, South Africa, Germany and I am sure pretty much every other country in the world are also up in arms in protest. Even some Neo-Nazi groups are protesting against Israel. The latest count is, what, 59 killed and 1,200 injured? The UN tried to open an investigation into the whole affair but the US blocked that. No real surprise there.
React: That last statement can really sum up every single aspect of this whole affair. I could go into great detail over various aspects of this situation. Part of me wants to, but the need for brevity here on the River Walk (the goal is always about 500 words) demands I keep it simple. So I am going to drop a few of my opinions and throw open the floor for discussion. Please consider this a forum where you can openly and freely discuss the issue without condemnation of vitriol.
Opinion: Trump was right in moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Israel has been using it as their de facto capital for decades, the West has been treating it as such. Trump was the first one to put the politics aside for pragmatism and make the inevitable move. I think other nations, once the dust settles and time passes, will be doing the same.
Opinion: The level of protests was expected and inevitable. Anytime anyone treats Israel as anything but a pariah, the entire Muslim world is up in arms in protest.
Opinion: Israel’s reaction to the protests and the uncalled for violence they have meted out on the protestors (who are themselves anything but peaceful) was the height of stupidity. They lost a great chance to hold the moral high ground and instead now deserve the pariah status the world is heaping upon them. Honestly, I’d be calling for the expulsion of diplomats too if I was in political office.
Opinion: The nation of Israel is NOT the people of God called Israel in the Old Testament. The modern political state is NOT the fulfillment of prophecies and promises found throughout scripture like the one I have shown above.
Opinion: When the Evangelical church tries to equate them as such and/or backs and supports the modern state of Israel unconditionally in every circumstance they lose the ability to have a prophetic voice crying out for goodness and justice and decrying evil wherever it may be found.
Fact: We are called to pray for the Shalom of Israel. This word Shalom does not mean peace as in “the lack of violence” but rather a true peace that can only be found in justice for all.
I do pray for the peace of Israel. I pray for the peace of Palestine. I pray for peace in Syria, and Nigeria, and Somalia, and South Africa, and Spain, and Iran, and China, and America. Especially in this time where the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem, I pray that true justice and righteousness might be displayed there that the world might see Your glory. I pray that through this horrible tragedy many from both sides, both Jew and Muslim, would come to know You as You truly are.