noun \ˈkris-chən, ˈkrish-\
: a person who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ
I’m not a terribly political person. I used to be, but thank goodness I saw the light and stopped before my heart gave out.
But many who read this will probably toss me into some nut job category, not to be take seriously.
I don’t really care, I just can’t stand hearing about this topic anymore.
So I am going to just state some things that are true.
God loves Palestinians, even the people fighting for Hamas.
God cares about the safety and welfare of the Palestinians. Remember Ishmael, Abraham’s son with Sarah’s maidservant? When they were sent away into the wilderness, left to die alone, God sent them an angel. He reassured them that God cared for them, they were not forgotten. Do you remember the Roman soldier in the Garden of Gethsemane who had his ear cut off? Despite what the soldier was there to do, Jesus took the time to heal the man, ensuring his future.
Jesus was sent to this earth to unite us all. No longer were we Jew and Gentile, we all have the opportunity to claim the lineage of being God’s chosen people. Not one person in this world is bad or evil enough to be denied the grace of God.
We are to be a light to the world. The extent of our grace and love is meant to be so illogical that people are drawn to us. Jesus loved and cared for the worst of the worst, that’s what set Him apart. Our love for the Palestinian people should be so illogical that people cannot help but see how different we are from those around us.
We are to love our enemies. Jesus summed up the commandments in 4 words; love God, love others. We even have a nifty definition of what love is and isn’t in 1 Corinthians 13. When in doubt, check it out. Match your actions with the list to see whether or not you are showing love.
We are all made in the image of God. Each and every one of us has the signature of our maker on our being. Sure, sometimes you have to look extra hard to see it in some people, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. In fact God has used and chosen different groups of people through time to show Himself to the world. In fact, He used the Muslim world in the 9th and 10th centuries to bring a mathematical Golden Age.
No one person or country is above reproach. Jesus came to earth to do something none of us could do; live a sinless life. Not only can no person live a sinless life, no country, group or organization can have sinless actions. Mostly because they are made of people, sinners. When we as a people defend, defend, defend and defend the actions of a country, no matter what, we start to defend their possibly sin filled actions. If we were without sin we never would have needed grace. If we don’t need grace we don’t need Jesus.
I hope I stayed out of the political arena, I’m sure I’ll hear about it if I didn’t.
The whole point is, God loves us all, no matter what. It’s time for us to do the same.