Rare is the article these days that objectively treats the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma with a biblical worldview. It seems that the info that the press picks up is either in down the right field line or the left field line in terms of political view.
Thus, as a consequence there is a lack of a biblical perspective because of the highly political bent, but only a leveraging of scripture carefully chosen to back the one side or the other depending on authorship. One of the latest was published by the UMC Board of Church and Society in the march 29, 2001 newsletter by the Rev. John Calhoun. True to form those playing left of centerfield have the ear of the GBCS largely because of the personal views of Jim Winkler which are not surprisingly like minded and pro-palestenian. I could not find an article looking back in the same newsletter that championed a pro-Israel sentiment though there may be one somewhere. Great liberty is taken in Rev. Calhoun’s article about some of our UMC Resolutions passed in 2000 and 2008 concerning the subject and I commend the fact that the words, “emphasis added” were included in the interpretation. Lots of emphasis added is the norm.
My point is that the way forward in the Middle East is not pro-Israeli and anti-Palestianian; nor is the way forward pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli. The way forward is God’s way which is peace and provision for all of God’s people and Abraham’s offspr. Can’t we be pro-both? Isn’t that faithful to the scriptural intent and promises we hold to be primary? Just thinking….