Thursday, February 18, 2016

Unwise Bandwagons

The same law should apply to both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you (Ex 12:49).
Christians in South Africa had to learn that God will not bless a system based on apartheid. It took them a long time and the lesson was painful and embarrassment.

The Jewish leaders of the nation of Israel have still to learn the same lesson. It will be painful and embarrassing for them too.

Christians who hitch their horse to their wagon will share their pain and embarrassment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Ron. As an American Christian who has lived in the West Bank and been part of the Christian community there, I try to impress upon others the simple fact that our first allegiance should be to the Body of Christ. It's that simple. If our brothers and sisters are struggling in a particular country or region, our responsibility is to them--no matter what our political preferences or schemata of prophecy interpretation might be. Arab Christians in Israel itself as well as in the West Bank repeatedly told me of their dismay regarding their second-class-citizen status as Arabs and the treatment they received from American Christians both directly and indirectly. And the apartheid situation is real. The Arabs--of whatever faith--have separate (and inferior) bus stations, buses, and post offices, for example. The West Bank is very difficult to navigate because of the "settlements" and their special roads that only Jews are permitted to use. Christian family life is often devastated by restrictions on travel. I am sorry to say that very little of what I say makes any impact among Protestant acquaintances. Orthodox and Catholics know most of it already. American Protestants wail that they are persecuted in their own country even while their special offerings violate the Geneva Convention to the detriment of their own brothers and sisters in Christ. As Thomas Jefferson said, "I tremble for my country when I think that God is just and that his justice will not sleep forever."