TO GAZA, WORLD MORE MERCIFUL THAN CHURCH
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TO GAZA, WORLD MORE MERCIFUL THAN CHURCH
By Rev. Ted Pike
31 Mar 09
God created ancient Israel to prepare the way for humanity’s Redeemer, Jesus Christ, according to the Bible. Israel was also created to be a “light to the Gentiles” — a standard of righteousness, justice and mercy in a dark world.
When Christ came, however, He found His nation complacent, self-righteous, and spiritually cold. Israel had dropped the torch given to her by God. In fact, the Jews rejected and killed the One who had given them the torch in the first place! In judgment, God sent disobedient Jews into spiritual blindness and physical exile, to be “wanderers among the nations.” (Hos. 9:17)
Christ expected His followers to take up the role of moral torchbearer where Judaism failed. Amid first century barbarism and immorality, Christ charged His followers: “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
Yet, tragically, like the Jews 2000 years ago, many evangelical Christians today have forsaken such witness. Like corrupt Israel in the Old Testament, they “consent with a thief,” the modern state of Israel in its oppressions of Palestinians. (Ps. 50:18) During the recent siege in Gaza, not one prominent evangelical leader criticized Israel for her 22-day bombardment and massacre of helpless Palestinian families and children.
In my video Making Gaza Simple for Christians here at www.truthtellers.org, I do not defend Hamas or Islamic terrorism. Rather, I point out that through more than 60 years of oppression, Israel has driven Palestinians to acts of self-defeating violence. Terror seems their only way to gain attention from a largely indifferent world. Of course, any terrorism is wrong. Yet in the moral and military balance of the recent conflict, who was doing the real violence? The homemade rockets of Hamas killed 4 Israelis in the conflict; yet the pounding of Gaza by the most advanced weapons of war resulted in nearly 1300 dead Palestinians, one third of them children.
Most evangelicals strongly defend Israel as the victim!
World Speaks Truth about Zionism
Jesus said the “children of this generation (the world) are wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8) Today, the unchurched world can better see behind the smiling mask of Zionist manipulation than a church which is supposed to house the wisdom and mercy of God’s Holy Spirit! The world is readier to empathize with the Palestinian victims of Zionism than those who should epitomize Christ’s words, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt. 5:7)
Despite much censorship by the Zionist-controlled media in America (See, Jews Confirm Big Media Is Jewish), last week witnessed some highly publicized outbreaks of truth and conscience from the world.
• Human Rights Watch (HRW) spoke against Israel’s use of white phosphorus bombs in Gaza and was quoted at length by Ha’aretz, Israel’s free-speaking newspaper: “Citing Israel’s use of white phosphorus as evidence of war crimes, the group [HRW] said the army knew the munitions threatened the civilian population but ‘deliberately or recklessly’ continued to use them until the final days of the December 27-January 18 operation ‘in violation of the laws of war…’ White phosphorus ignites on contact with oxygen and continues burning at up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit…producing extreme burns if it makes contact with the skin…”
But Ha’aretz quotes HRW as saying, “Israel unlawfully fired them over populated neighborhoods, killing and wounding civilians and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital.”
Fred Abrahams, senior HRW researcher, says Israel “fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren’t in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died.” Ha’artez says, “Human Rights Watch researchers found spent shells, canister liners and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school.” (Ha’aretz, 3/25/2009)
• In an unprecedented syndicated article in the Los Angeles Times, “The Root of Israel’s Problem: Zionism,” novelist Ben Ehrenreich, grandson of Marxist Jews, says, “Meanwhile, the characterization of anti-Zionism as an ‘epidemic,’ more dangerous than anti-Semitism, reveals only the unsustainability of the position into which Israel’s apologists have been forced. Faced with international condemnation, they seek to limit the discourse, to erect walls that delineate what can and can’t be said. It’s not working. Opposing Zionism is neither anti-Semitic nor particularly radical. It requires only that we take our own values seriously and no longer, as the Book of Amos has it, “turn justice into wormwood and hurl righteousness to the ground.”
• Pat Oliphant, acerbic cartoon critic of almost anybody, last week turned his wit against Israel because of Gaza. The Anti-Defamation League describes his blast: “The cartoon, a comment on Israel’s recent offensive against Hamas and Gaza, depicts a uniformed figure marching in goosestep, swinging a sword in one hand and pushing a Star of David on a wheel with the other. The star is adorned with fangs and chases after a tiny woman carrying a child labeled ‘Gaza.'” ( adl.org, 03/26/2009)
• Charles Freeman, hounded from his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, writes, “The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depth of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those it favors.” (The Washington Times, 03/11/2009)
Even at the local level, the world is wiser to the deceptions and injustices of Israel than is the church. My niece Verity Grant reported that in a college classroom discussion of Gaza her entire class, including the liberal professor, expressed militant disapproval of Israel. Criticism of Israel, in fact, flourishes on American campuses, evidenced by the ongoing popularity of “Israel Apartheid” protests from coast to coast.
Moral Taillight of the Nations
On this issue, the world is becoming a moral headlight while the church’s broken taillight sheds no light at all!
Why? Evangelical Christianity has become Judaized. St. Paul warned the infant church to never allow pharisaic values, customs and legalism to entice them. He warned not to “give heed to Jewish fables,” just as Jesus said to “beware of the leaven (teachings) of the Pharisees.” (Titus 1:14, Mark 8:15) Yet, for the past century, the church has ignored these warnings. Now more than ever, it incorporates Zionist thinking into its mindset and Jewish holidays and symbols into its worship.
Like a caterpillar injected with an egg by a parasitic wasp, the conscience of evangelicalism is inhabited by the maggot of Judaic values. The essence of Talmudic (pharisaic) teaching is Jewish self-adulation: Whatever “God’s chosen people” do, even if evil, they still remain the “apple of God’s eye,” above criticism by the lowly goyim. This racist value system, now accepted by most evangelicals, causes the church “to turn justice into wormwood and hurl righteousness to the ground.” (Amos 5:7) Bidding Godspeed to evil men, they partake of their evil deeds (II John 1:11). As a result, most evangelicals have become hard, remote, and contemptuous of Palestinian misfortune. Their consciences, devoured from within, are incapable of being morally shaken by any magnitude of atrocity committed by Israel or any depth of suffering of her victims.
The Bible says that in the last days there will come a great “falling away” in the church, as “the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:2) St. Paul also says that, “having itching ears” (possibly to hear escapist “rapture” theories) they will “heap to themselves teachers” of false doctrine (like Hagee, La Haye, Lindsey, Van Impe, etc.). (II Tim. 4:3) The inability of the “Israel first” church to feel any compassion, except toward Jews and Israel, proves they do not epitomize the love of Jesus, which like the Good Samaritan, reaches caring hands toward all of hurting mankind. Surely, if there was ever a people robbed, beaten and cast into a ditch to die it is the Palestinians of Gaza. Yet “Israel-first” evangelicals stand afar off.
The message of the Old Testament prophets never placed Jews on a pedestal, immune to criticism or free from condemnation. Nor did Christ or the early church. Yet, that’s exactly what Judaized evangelicals do.
We may conclude that Christian Zionism is not authentic Christianity. Instead, being so contrary to both Old and New Testament ethical values, it is one of the most dangerous and misguided cults of Christianity the church has ever known.
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video How to Kill the Hate Bills at www.truthtellers.org which explains how the two hate bills, HR256 and HR262, threaten freedom. Please tell the offices of members of Congress to watch it! Also at www.truthtellers.org, watch our gripping 82-minute documentary Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this subject. Call (503) 631-3808.
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