The New York Times published an article about some of the Christians in Lebanon caught in the crossfire. Members of Hezbollah have been firing rockets from Christian areas, which are then attacked by Israel in retaliation. The situation is worsened by the shortage of fuel â€“ something that happens when you annihilate a nations infrastructure â€“ which has prevented many Christians from leaving these hostile areas.
Hezbollah came to Ain Ebel to shoot its rockets,
said Fayad Hanna Amar, a young Christian man, referring to his village.
They are shooting from between our houses … write that in your newspaper.
I wonder if these events will have any effect the Evangelical Church in America’s current infallible support of Zionism.
In similar manner, Christianity Today recently featured an editorial by Martin Accad, Dean of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beruit, Lebanon, who is currently stranded at Fuller, unable to return home. His letter elicits some pointed remarks about Israel’s military activities and more importantly offers strong criticism of pop-culture Christianity’s apocalyptic affirmation of Zionism.
It is unfortunate that our zeal for apocalyptic theology (no thanks to the Left Behind series) has trumped our solidarity with fellow members of the Church body. Perhaps it’s time for the Church to develop foreign policy that favors the worldwide body of Christ and supports the practice of Christianity, rather than a policy founded on nationalism.