Religious or Political Reasoning?
Religious or Political Reasoning?
Many, if not most Americans are opposed to the formation of a Palestinian state, yet fully accept Israel’s right to statehood. Why? Because their opinion is based on the erroneous belief that today’s physical nation of Israel is composed of God’s Chosen People. Today’s Israel is a political state, far removed from the ancient nation chosen to record the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and the prophecies of His birth, life and death, which prove that He truly is the Messiah.
With a parable in Matthew 21:33-39, Jesus described ancient Israel’s rejection of God’s judges and prophets, and predicted the coming rejection of His Messiah. In verse 43 Jesus proclaimed the result: “Therefore I say unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” According to Acts 2:10, Jews and proselytes were present on the Day of Pentecost. According to verse 41, about three thousand were baptized that day. If proselytes were in that number, the original Christian Church was composed of Jews and Gentiles alike.
After Rome’s chief Jews divided over his full day of reasoning from the law and the prophets, in Acts 28:28, Paul proclaimed: “Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” In chapters 9 and 10 of Romans, Paul proclaimed that through faith in Jesus Christ, Gentiles as well as Jews are the seed of Abraham. Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then ye are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” The third chapter of Ephesians identifies Gentiles as “fellowheirs.” Colossians 3:11 “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew…but Christ is all and in all.” As God promised, Abraham, father of the Jewish nation, became the father of many nations through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Chapters 5-11 of Hebrews explain Christ’s role as “…a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” Melchisedec was “priest of the most high God” when Jerusalem was Salem, and Abraham was Abram: before Israel existed. Therefore, Jesus’ priesthood is after the order of a Gentile, rather than a Jewish priest. The decendants of the original Chosen People, whose records identified Jesus as the Messiah, cried “Give us Barabas – crusify Jesus!” In doing so, they nullified God’s covenants with them. When “the vail of the temple was rent in twail,” the need for a Jewish priesthood was abolished. Today, Jew and Gentile alike can receive salvation through Jesus Christ, if they so chose, and due to the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, 1st Corinthians 11:25, 2nd Corinthians 3:6, Hebrews 8:8-13) become members of the elect (Collosians 3:12), God’s Chosen People, because they accept rather than reject the Savior of the World. After all, aren’t today’s Jews still looking for the Messiah?
Like any other nation, today’s political Israel has a right to statehood. But not on the basis of being God’s Chosen People. As Christ proclaimed in Matthew 21:43, the Kingdom of God has been taken from those who revealed, then rejected the Messiah, and given to those who accept Christ and live according to his word as described in Colossians 3:12-17. Like any other nation, Palestine has a right to statehood as well. And that right might be negotiated peacefully, and recognized internationally, if Israeli agression were opposed rather than encouraged and financed by other nations, ours in particular.
Yes, Palestinian radicals commit acts of terrorism. Victims of encroachment generally do, now don’t they. For example, the names of some of our most advanced weapons are based on a peoples’ struggle to keep their homeland – the Appache, Chonook, Longbow and Black Hawk hellicopters – the Tommahawk missile. And how much difference is there between a Native American reservation and a Palestinian refugee camp? Political enmity between the decendants of Ishmael and Issac may never cease, but might it remain political rather than violent if America’s military industrial complex did not profit tremendously from arming one side of the conflict at U.S. taxpayers’ expense?
Think about it, please!
Robert C. Currie Jr.
11460 Pinecroft St.
Laurinburg, N.C. 28352