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Take a quick look at the pictures Shahrzad posted on her blog recently …

While looking, remember …

these (Hamas-controlled Gaza) are “our enemies,” right?

We should treat them as such! For those who follow Jesus Christ, here are instructions from our Lord:

Matthew 5
43″You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Even if you believe this current Israel has the right to the land based on God’s covenant with Abraham, you should know this (verses below) is from the Lord. It’s amazing how many Christian Zionists treat this current Zionist Israel like they do no wrong, but conveniently forget how God wanted the Jews to treat others in the land. See Shahrzad’s blog. See this Palestinian rap group on YouTube. Their message is worth a few minutes of your time.

Definitely the Zionists have not treated the Gazans like the Lord commanded the Jews. I know they claim to be fighting terrorists, but really, who is terrorizing whom? If your land were taken from you and you were forced to live in a refugee camp, would you not fight to liberate your land from invaders? Just consider the other side before you support Israel 100%. Let’s bless the Jews by turning them back to God’s commandments instead of supporting their war effort and corruption. Afterall you don’t bless a drug-addicted brother by supplying him drugs or drug money. You bless him by helping him choose a better way – God’s way.

Leviticus 19

33 ” ‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. 34 The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”

Deuteronomy 10

17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.


After growing up in a conservative Christian household in the southern United States, I believe I understand why so many people like me favor Israel. Why not when the Bible speaks of Jews and Israel, the kings, the prophets and, of course, our precious Jesus who came from them? What’s not to love about Israel? Those poor people not only had to undergo persecution from the Nazis, but even now they are being terrorized by their hateful neighbors who want to wipe them off the map or drive them into the sea! Also you know how many folks cheer for the underdog!

Well, that was Susanne for most of her life. Not that I had a hatred for the Arabs or Persians. I did not. I just didn’t love them. Maybe apathetic best describes how I felt towards those people groups. Not really concerned with their perspectives because, goodness’ sake, these were THE JEWS — God’s Chosen People — that they were messin’ with! *sigh* Same old struggle since the days of Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau. Quite frankly, I just chalked the Middle East up to a Hatfield-and-McCoy type of dispute and figured those folks “enjoyed” conflict for centuries so what hope did anyone have to make them change now? It would always be that way so why concern myself much about them?

Thankfully, the One who knows my interests, how I think and what I enjoy decided it was time for me to get a broader perspective, to hear another point of view, to better understand. It was time for me to care about “those people” for whom I had little concern.

I can identify quite a bit with this, especially the last line. From The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan:

Dalia’s reflections of the house she lived in with her parents was very interesting. She wrote an open letter to Bashir that was published in the paper so Israelis could read it as well. She included how “it was very painful for me, as a young woman 20 years ago, to wake up to a few then well hidden facts. For example, we were all led to believe that the Arab population of Ramla and Lod had run away before the advancing Israeli army in 1948, leaving everything behind in a rushed and cowardly escape. This belief reassured us. It was meant to prevent guilt and remorse. But after 1967, I met not only you, but also an Israeli Jew who had personally participated in the expulsion from Ramla and Lod. He told me the story as he had experienced it, and as Yitzhak Rabin later confirmed in his memoirs.” Dalia mused, “My love for my country … was losing its innocence .. some change in perspective was beginning to take place in me. (pg. 200-1)

More later.