in the image of God, and is contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
In June 2004, the Reformed Church in America at their Annual National Synod issued an Historical Analysis and Critique which stated, “Jesus, picking up seminal themes from the Hebrew scriptures, preached and lived a message of reconciliation.”
In July 2003, the United Church of Christ’s General Synod offered an Alternative Voice to Christian Zionism and affirmed, “We believe that the tenets of Christian Zionism neither reflect the intention of the teachings of Jesus and the prophets, nor promote peace in the Middle East, and respectfully recommend…an alternative voice to this theology.”
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during its June 2005 Chicago Metropolitan Synod issued a Resolution to Encourage the Study of Christian Zionism
which states that “the movement of Christian Zionism based on these biblical interpretations seeks to influence U.S. policy toward Israel in a manner that would arguably facilitate mistreatment of Palestinians, continued occupation of the land, opposition to a two-state solution, and exclusive Israeli control of Jerusalem.”
The United Methodist Church in June 2005 held a Conference On Unwrapping the Rapture warned that
“every household should give prayerful consideration as to how God will actually judge us for our silence about and complicity in the crushing of the Palestinian people.”
In 2004, the Diocese of Chicago’s Episcopal Church confronted Christian Zionism and reminded the flock that, “A partial response to Christian Zionism would be to say that we read Scripture in light of [Jesus’] two great commandments – to love God and our neighbor.”
All Christians would do well to remember, that in that war ravaged land we call Holy, Christ delivered his Sermon on The Mount which promised, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
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She returns to the West Bank in November 2006 and will be reporting on WAWA.
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