Friday, 9 January 2009
where does one draw the line in the recent Gaza fighting? does one side with the Palestinians because they are out-numbered and out-gunned by the Israelis? or does one side with the Israelis because they are trying to defned themselves from the Hamas' rocket attacks? is the issue also tied with the divisive issue of the land?
where does religion come into this situation? does it mean that because one is a Christian, one must support Israel? This is the stand of many american and western christians because they understood Israel as having an important part to play in God's plan for the end times. but does one's support for Israel means turning a blind-eye to the atrocities committed by modern-day Israel like now where more civilians die at the hands of the Israelis? should one's support for Israel be unequivocal?
in Malaysia where the ruling political party is islamic, naturally their support is for the Palestinians. where do Christians in malaysia stand? if they support Israel, they seem to be going against their government. on the other hand, if they support the Palestinians, they feel they are going aganist God! (because somehow they think modern Israel is the same as ancient Israel in the Bible and Israel is supposed to play an important role in the end times before Jesus returns...)
where does the reb stand? the reb's two cents worth ----
1] modern Israel is not equivalent to ancient Israel.
2] modern Israel does not have a significant role to play in God's plan. the Church is God's instrument, not modern-day Israel.
3] modern-day Israel is not exempted from moral demands like any other nation. in the recent gaza intrusion, the disproportionate number of deaths is unacceptable.
4] Hamas has to bear responsibility too for their part in the violence, for deliberately using high density civilian areas and drawing in civilians into their armed struggle.
here is reproduced a response from an arab christian who graduated from OCMS PhD program.