Blatant Bias: Anti-Israel Mennonite Monkey Business

Bias: Bias is an inclination of temperament or outlook to present or hold a partial perspective, often accompanied by a refusal to consider the possible merits of alternative points of view. (wikipedia)

There are no words for this outrageously classic piece of anti-Israel church replacement theology.

Opinion: Being pro-Jesus on Israel-Palestine
Apr 27, 2015 by Tom Harder

There is a growing concern among evangelical Christians for the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Prominent leaders such as Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church and Gary Burge of Wheaton College are visiting the Holy Land, learning firsthand about the conflict and returning home with a passionate call to do something about it. They are also returning with a deeper understanding of the conflict’s causes and imbalances and the ways the Bible has been used to perpetuate it.
A primary example of the latter is the belief that God commands us to support the state of Israel without question or condition. “Whoever blesses you I will bless, and whoever curses you I will curse,” God declares in Genesis 12.
However, the “you” is not Israel, let alone the modern state of Israel. It is Abraham, whom God intended to be a blessing to all nations and who became the father not just of Judaism but of Christianity and Islam.
A second example is the belief that Palestine rightfully belongs to modern Israel because God promised it to them. Often overlooked is the conditionality of God’s promise: It depended on biblical Israel’s faithfulness to God’s covenant.
Over and over, the biblical prophets chided Israel for its unfaithfulness, particularly its lack of justice for the oppressed. The prophets, in other words, were pro-Israel, but that didn’t stop them from naming injustice when they saw it. (For a thorough, biblical analysis of this issue, read Burge’s Whose Land, Whose Promise?)
Jesus was pro-people, pure and simple. He wanted the best for everyone. But he also wanted the best from everyone. And so he didn’t hesitate to confront injustice when he saw it. One could even argue that he took sides — with the poor and oppressed, just as the prophets and the Torah did before him.
Becoming the oppressors
Many Israeli Jews — particularly their European forebears who experienced the Holocaust — know all too well what it is like to be oppressed and persecuted. They are understandably determined that it never happen again.
But visitors to the Holy Land, if they look closely enough, discover an awful irony. The oppressed have become the oppressors and the persecuted the persecutors.
The victims are the Palestinian Arabs (both Christian and Muslim) who had been living in historic Palestine long before the Jewish immigrants began arriving — displacing the Palestinians, destroying their villages and declaring an Israeli state.
Palestinians who remained in Israel must now live as second-class citizens. Those who fled eastward now live under military occupation, their movements severely restricted, their olive groves destroyed, their water sources seized by the thousands of Israeli settlers living illegally in the West Bank. Those who fled to the area known as Gaza live in what many call an open-air prison.
In 2009, Palestinian Christian leaders wrote a letter known as “Kairos Palestine” to Christians in the West, pleading not just for our prayers but our attention, compassion and help. Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to support Israel militarily and without condition, giving scant attention to the humanitarian plight of the Palestinian people.
If we follow Jesus’ example, we will be pro-people. We will want the best for everyone. We will remember that in God’s economy, everyone should be able to live without fear, beneath their own vine and fig tree — including both Israelis and Palestinians (Micah 4:3-4).
We will denounce violence, whether committed by Israelis or Palestinians. We will work for peace with justice for all of Israel-Palestine. But if we follow Jesus, we must stand up especially for the oppressed and hold the oppressors accountable to the standard of living and loving required by God.

Tom Harder is co-pastor of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita, Kan., and chair of the Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (Menno-PIN) Steering Committee.

http://mennoworld.org/2015/04/27/latest-issue/being-pro-jesus-on-israel-palestine/

*Menno-lite has had enough of the monkey business and betrayal of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Word in not only the Mennonite denomination, but the modern day church as a whole. There may be a faithful remnant, and many of the Mennonite people do good works, however, it is time to move on.

Thank you to all for your readership and support.

~ Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools ~ Romans 1:22

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8 thoughts on “Blatant Bias: Anti-Israel Mennonite Monkey Business

  1. Thank you for doing what you do! Thank you for sounding the alarm! I am a born-again Christian who married a former Mennonite. He is deeply saddened by what the denomination he grew up in has become. We are deeply concerned because his two daughters (my stepdaughters) are both entrenched in the denomination, and buy the lies hook, line, and sinker. Last weekend we attended one of the girls’ graduations from Eastern Mennonite University. It was awful…just awful. There are so many lost people. It is like a cult. Please keep speaking the truth. Kim Sauder

    Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart (Psalm 27:14). Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. A.W. Tozer

  2. Hi at Menno-lite, was trying to post a comment but cannot seem to log in, so I’ll cut and paste the comment here: you may post or just read, as it suits you. By logging in you’ll post the following comment to Blatant Bias: Anti-Israel Mennonite Monkey Business: Hello at Menno-lite, Before you throw in the towel, let me thank you for all your work in the past. I wish you wouldn’t quit, but your frustration is completely understandable. It is what many of us feel who are in the business of discernment and trumpet blasting. To earnestly contend for the faith is exhausting, feels like a thankless job, doesn’t make you popular, but it is our lot in life. SO why not just take a little break to refresh, and hopefully you will regain the strength to go on. We are almost out of here. To watch the Mennonite community of which I am part, being sifted/disintegrating before our eyes, is very difficult; however things are only unfolding as we are told in Scripture that they would. “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1 John 2:19. I’ve used your writings many a time to warn young people, and parents and grandparents about what is going on in the churches their families attend. Had you not told me, I’d not have known, for I do not attend such a church myself. With the information you provided, I could supply specific literature and warnings to address the issue at hand. You may be weary but remember as much as a cup of water in His name will be rewarded. Be of good courage, and thank you again.

  3. Hi there, I noticed you posted my comment. Could you please do me the favor of removing my email address from the comment? thanks! best to you.

    • It’s been removed. For some reason the last three comments have included e-mail addresses. Not sure why.

      Thank you for your comments, everyone.

  4. Thank you for sounding the alarm. While I understand your decision, I wish that you would choose to continue to publish. Your silenced voice will only help those who oppose the truth to move ahead unhindered.

    I trust that you have gone through this ministry of sounding the alarm in the community of supporting Christians. To do the work you have been doing requires that you do it with people who you trust and can pray with.

    Please reconsider your decision and at the same time build a group of supportive believers that will stand with you.

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