“Christ at the Checkpoint is primarily a public relations scheme to dissuade American evangelicals from pro-Israel views. To succeed, they will have to mount blinders on cooperatively gullible evangelicals, guiding their eyes towards disruptive Israeli checkpoints, while hiding the rest of the surrounding reality.”
-Mark Tooley of Front Page Magazine
Christ at an Israeli Checkpoint
This blog recently checked into Christ at the Checkpoint to see if any Mennonites or their associates supported or attended this event. The results were not surprising.
Christ at the Checkpoint was a peace making conference that was held a few months ago at Bethlehem Bible College, which is a Mennonite Central Committee partner. After the event, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, a program administrator for Mennonite Central Committee, promoted it by compiling some favourable quotes from the conference on the blog of MCC Palestine (see 19 Key Quotes from Christ at the Checkpoint). Other participating Mennonites included Palmer Becker (former Mennonite pastor and professor), Linford Stutzman (Eastern Mennonite University professor), three MCC Palestine workers and various student groups. Not surprisingly, an article in the Mennonite World Review also revealed Mennonite support for the Christ at the Checkpoint event, and more…
“The program involved Israeli, Messianic Jewish and Christian Zionist voices. The dozens of diverse speakers included Ron Sider, a Mennonite theologian and peace activist, and Shane Claiborne, an author and activist who regularly speaks to Anabaptists.”
Source: Event in Holy Land faces Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The very controversial Shane Claiborne, who also spoke at last year’s Mennonite youth conference despite major objections (see Nine Churches say “No” to Shane Claiborne at US Mennonite Youth Conference), has voiced his supportive views on Christ at the Checkpoint, below:
An unholy wall in the Holy Land
By Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne’s 5 Great Gatherings in 2012
Brad Jersak, another speaker who has been making inroads into Mennonite circles recently (see Disappointment in the MB Herald and B.C. Mennonite Church Allowing Contemplative Spirituality to be Taught), also attended the conference. His report of his experience at Christ at the Checkpoint can be heard on the following podcast. In the interivew he mentions that he not only “married into the Mennonites” but once believed in the rapture of the church until an MCC worker blew his eschatology grid…
Christ at the Checkpoint with Brad Jersak
Incidentally, Jersak’s personal views on his time at Christ at the Checkpoint can also be read here:
Christ at the Checkpoint
Dateline Bethlehem: Christ at the Checkpoint Pt 3 — by Brad Jersak
Are these accurate reports? Are we to believe what these Mennonites and their friends are saying?
While these speakers and supporters echo what today’s emerging voices are saying, it seems that some VERY important truths are being over looked and ignored. Anyone more interested in fact than fiction may want to educate themselves at the following informative links in order to formulate a more balanced opinion.
Forgotten Facts at Christ at the Checkpoint
The Church at Christ’s Checkpoint
A response to the 2012 ‘Christ at the Checkpoint Conference’ can be viewed here by Dr Paul Wilkinson.
Christ at the Check Post? US Ambassador’s Report on West Bank Christians
What Stephen Sizer, Gary Burge, Colin Chapman, Lyn Hybels, Naim Ateek, Sammy & Alex Awad, Salim Munyaner and Tony Campolo Don’t Want You to Know
Messianic Jews Respond after Christ at the Checkpoint Ends
Joint statement on “Christ at the Checkpoint”
Confusion at the Checkpoint?
“Christ at the Checkpoint”
Analysis extracted from articles by Shira Sorko-Ram, Avner Boskey and Malcolm Hedding plus booklet by Paul Wilkinson
About Christian Palestinianism
So Jesus Lived in Occupied Territory?
Israeli Jews: The Impossible People at Christ at the Checkpoint
Why Would “Christ at the Checkpoint” Compare Israel to ISIS?