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.
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.
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.