The Palestinian UN Debate. How Would Jesus Vote?

With all the news about Palestine at the UN this week I’ve been forwarded a blog by Carl Medearis and asked my thoughts on it. I’ve read it a few times and if you haven’t here’s a link for your convenience.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/21/my-take-jesus-would-support-palestinian-statehood-bid/?hpt=hp_t2

Carl’s thesis seems to be that the support of Israel from American churches is driven by a group of nit wits with half baked theology and nothing else. And apparently by nit wits he means people who believe that all Scripture is God Breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16)

He refers to a passage, that I can only assume is Genesis 12:1-7 as “obscure OT prophecy” suggesting that he does not hold to the Bible as the Inspired Word of God by dismissing certain parts as if we can ignore it.

To quote Jesus Matt 5:18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”  According to Jesus there is no such thing as an obscure or unimportant Word from God’s mouth.

But let’s follow Carl’s premise and look at this from a purely secular common sense side. Carl covered a lot of ground, but Here’s what he left out of his blog.

President Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian people is a member of Fatah, an internationally recognized terrorist group. Abbas is indeed more moderate than his counterparts, but that’s like saying that a guy who has murdered 1 person is more moderate than someone who has murdered 10.

He didn’t say that Palestine is ruled by the Fatah Party , but that the rival political party/ terrorist group in Gaza called Hamas is just as much in charge. They will do anything that Fatah asks as long as it’s what Hamas and it’s leaders want. This is not Republicans and Democrats. Hamas has a long history of murder, torture, and oppression of it’s own people including members of their rivals in Fatah.

Hamas came top power in 2007 after being elected (so much for the goal of spreading democracy) and promptly overthrew the ruling Fatah party in Gaza by force. When I say by force, what I mean is shooting Fatah members in the knee caps and throwing them off buildings. Members of Hamas took at least one member of Fatah, cut him into pieces and sent the pieces to his family.

For more details on how Hamas has ruled Gaza and made Fatah impotent click here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/human-rights-watch/gaza-hamas-should-end-kil_b_189113.html

To say that Abbas is in control is to suggest Siegfried & Roy are in charge of the tigers. He is in charge until the Tiger decides he’s not. Make no mistake, Abbas has no power over the rival Hamas party. He is at best an impotent puppet regime who rules with the constant threat of violence against he and his own people from Hamas.

Of all the things that Hamas and Fatah disagree on, there is one that they hold central; the decimation of Israel. The charter for Hamas, which is the equivalent of a business plan for a government/ organization specifically calls for wiping Israel off the face of the earth. A Quote from the Hamas Charter: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory). 

For years the Fatah Party charter held the exact same kind of language calling for the obliteration of the Israeli people. Although a recent revision of the Fatah Charter omits the destruction of the Israeli People, it still holds a very militant tone.

The problem with negotiating a peace treaty is that Israel wants peace, and Hamas wants Israel obliterated. That is what we call a good old fashioned impasse. How can Israel be expected to negotiate when the other party is controlled by a group of people bent on their destruction?

When Israel is chastised in the national press for not negotiating or for oppressing the Palestinian people, I can’t help but wonder why Hamas who murders their own people are not chastised? Are we really that naive to think that if Palestine gets to be a state that they will stop the human rights violations of their own people as well as Israeli people?

No matter your position on theology, this is madness. But since Carl brings up theology by asking “how would Jesus vote if He had a set at the UN?” I think it’s fair to offer my answer.

Jesus loves Palestinian people and He loves Jewish people and He loves all of us people. If He had a seat at the UN Council I suggest he would not turn over the Palestinian people that He loves to a rogue terrorist organization that murders their own people, murders Christians, and are bent on the genocide of a people group by any means possible.


Jesus is just not that naive.

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4 thoughts on “The Palestinian UN Debate. How Would Jesus Vote?

  1. We always see it from the side we want to view things from. I think if I were born in Palestine, was raised Muslim, had family roots that went all the way back to the time of Jesus and before and was being treated like Israel treats the Palestinians I’d be a terrorist too. Think about it, learn the real history, not what the Victor’s have installed in the history books and in the Bible. A Rich, White, Zionist sect of the Jews funds Hitler( yes, they did) and then installs a promise land that will be instrumental in end times. I’d love to chat with you Mr. Taylor. I think you need to question things instead of going with the mainstream and accepting a murderous empire that is NOT Christ-like.

    • Hey Eric- I’ve traveled to many parts of the world, spent time with people who were tortured, oppressed, and marginalized by their own governments. They survive with trauma, with emotional wounds, with physical scars, but they don’t turn into murderers themselves. Israel has not shot Palestinians in the knees and thrown them off roof tops, they haven’t butchered people and mailed their body parts to their family. That’s what Hamas has done. I’m not sure terrorist is the right term for them, it seems to take away from the stench of their wickedness.

      To suggest that it’s Israel’s fault that members of Hamas tortured and murdered their own people is at best a stretch. If you’re an average Palestinian living in Gaza or West Bank, being put under a regime that has that kind of history in fact not Chris like. Maybe we don’t agree on Israel, but surely we can agree on that.

  2. Darren,

    Its a case of nature vs nurture. Prior to Israel’s new existence there was a peaceful living situation. Israel has defied the treaty multiple times with illegal settlements. They may not be torturing them, but they are demolishing their homes, mentally terrorizing them and leave most of the fighting to Martyrdom and rock throwing VS tanks. To demonize all of the Palestinians and to fully support Israel is wrong.

    And the fact that most Christians support Israel without investing any research outside of what the corporate owned media says about it and what their right wing preacher says is incredibly ignorant and is the reason why the world is the way it is. But, I’m not surprised, I am still upset over the library of alexandria being destroyed by them.

    Seek the Truth- its not all in Constantine’s book. Glad you responded. 🙂

  3. There is hardly EVER a word on how Israel gets rocketed on a daily basis in Ashkelon and Sderot.
    These people do not want ‘peace’.
    They said AGAIN today that “They will never recognize a Jewish state”.

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