Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I beg to differ with Pr. Jeff
In reading Pr. Jeff's recent post, regarding former President Jimmy Carter's laying a wreath on the grave of Yasser Arafat, we will have to agree to disagree. He was a saint by no means nor was he the worst sinner either. Having lived in Palestine in the 1980s during the first Palestinian uprising, I could see there was more than enough blame to go around for all parties concerned, not just Israeli and Palestinian. Christian Zionists didn't help the situation either with their blanket approval of everything Israel did and their blanket condemnation of all things Palestinian.
It has been wonderful the last five years to be here in the New England Synod, a companion synod to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land because of my time spent there. Bishop Munib Younan was the keynote speaker at last year's New England Synod Assembly. Here is a link to the PowerPoint he presented. A number of visits have been made to the Holy Land by folks from this synod to visit not just the holy places, but the holy people, the living stones, our brothers and sisters in Christ in that place.
"Blessed are the peacemakers" (Mt 5:9). Let us pray for the whole people of God.
Picture from the ELCJHL website.