JESUS’ FOREIGN POLICIES

The 1970s and 80s were the heydays of evangelical Christian fundamentalists in the United States. Many of us remember famous (or infamous) fiery evangelist preachers such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart and many others. These Bible-thumpers galvanized and mesmerized millions of Americans into adopting extremely fanatical but mostly naïve stands on a host of issues ranging from abortion and women lib to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“It’s Jesus’ Foreign Policy” 
By Khalid Amayreh
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The 1970s and 80s were the heydays of evangelical Christian fundamentalists in the United States. Many of us remember famous (or infamous) fiery evangelist preachers such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart and many others. These Bible-thumpers galvanized and mesmerized millions of Americans into adopting extremely fanatical but mostly naïve stands on a host of issues ranging from abortion and women lib to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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In 1983, I wrote a Master thesis on the centrality of Israel to the evangelical Protestant religion. A few years earlier, Falwell, founder and Chairman of the Moral Majority, wrote a book titled the Fundamentalist Phenomenon in which he highlighted his absolute, total and unlimited support for Israel, including her occupation of Palestine, invasion of Lebanon and the wars of aggression Israel had been waging against her neighbors in order to gain a Lebensraum!.  In one of his televised sermons from Lynchburg Virginia, he declared that God dealt with nations in relations to how they dealt with Israel.
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“We believe that God in Genesis 12:1-3, very clearly promised a blessing for those who bless Israel and cures for those who curse Israel.  I take that as literally as I take john 3:16 in the New Testament. To stand against Israel is to stand against God. We believe that…. history and scripture prove that God deals with nations in relation to how they deal with Israel. My deep conviction is that America will not remain a free nation unless we defend the freedom of Israel. We must proclaim this from our pulpits as ministers. (The Fundamentalist Phenomenon, the resurgence of Conservative Christianity, p.25)
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Clearly, for Falwell, “freedom of Israel”  included unflinching Christian support for Israel’s Nazi-like repression of non-Jews (including Christians living under Israeli occupation, calling Jesus “the Hitler of Bethlehem” as many Talmudic Jews shamelessly do and spitting on Christian  crucifixes  and clergymen, a frequent provocation  by Yeshiva students of Talmudic colleges like Bet Harav in West Jerusalem.
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“Freedom of Israel,” according to Falwell’s twisted theology also includes massacring Palestinian children, women and men en mass like at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps near Beirut in September 1982, massacring Gazans by way of carpet bombing their homesin 208-14, and slaughtering Lebanese civilians at Qana in 1996, This is just to mention a few crimes against humanity carried out by the “people of Jesus “against God’s other creatures.”
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In short, Falwell, now probably a sort of godfather for many current evangelical leaders believed that Israel was above the laws of men regulating relations among the peoples and nations of the word.  Israel, he said, was   the nation-state of God and Jews were the ethnic people of the Lord whereas Falwell and his evangelical followers were the spiritual people of God. Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, ET, would go straight to hell.
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Falwell and fellow evangelists believed that the creation of the Jewish state in Palestine in 1948 was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and a precedent to the Second Advent of Christ. Hence, criticizing Israel amounted to disrupting, even impeding the coming of Christ and attainment of salvation.  In Other words, receiving salvation  by the Lord depended solely on enthusiastically embracing Israeli brutality, barbarianism, and criminality. 
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Sometimes, evangelical infatuation with Israel assumes clearly maniacal tones. For example, one preacher from Texas was quoted as saying that the best place under the sun to make witness for Christ was to work at an Israeli munitions factory to make sure that as many Palestinian kids as possible would be killed, maimed and mutilated for Jesus! (Italics added).Does Jesus love the incinerated flesh of murdered babies?!  Let’s ask President Trump and vice President Pence?
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This is the sick religion of Trump and Pence who embrace Israeli Nazism against the Palestinians without the slightest compunctions.
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Indeed, without understanding this background about the ideology of Christian Zionism, we would never be able to understand the recent unprecedented moves of the Trump administration against the Palestinians.
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I am strongly convinced that the likes of Trump and Pence are a cancer upon the conscience of Christ because they embrace evil, injustice, inequity oppression, hatred, and racism, all in the name of Jesus. They are the modern-day Pharisees and Sadducees whom Jesus railed against calling them: “Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How shall you escape from the sentence of Gahanna?” (Matthew 23-33)
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I don’t know how many crimes have been committed in the name of Jesus.  However, I do know that Jesus is totally innocent of the Nazi-like policies and crimes against humanity Israel is and the United States of Inequity are carrying out against the Palestinian people.
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Now the pseudo-Christians call America’s dark embrace of Israel’s lebensraum and fascism “Jesus’ foreign policy.  This reminds me of the extermination of millions of Native Americans at the hands of Trump’s and Pence’s forefathers. It is the gargantuan genocide Americans love to call “Manifest Destiny!)

3 Comments

  1. The Renegate said,

    January 28, 2018 at 13:35

    I couldn’t agree more! And, don’t forget, Trump having no Idea neither ideology (except his ego), Vice President Pence is much more dangerous because, if he would’t be just inspirator or Trumps’ mastermind, after Trumps’ possible destitution, this “christian” fascist in the Presidency would be ideologically motivated. These “christian” fundamentalists – Christian Zionists – Pence represents, might be more powerful, and thus dangerous in US-politics, than even IPAC

  2. PJ London said,

    January 28, 2018 at 13:57

    Twas ever thus :
    “O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved fire sides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
    [After a pause.  ] “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! — The messenger of the Most High waits!”
    It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.
    Mark Twain war prayer

  3. January 29, 2018 at 16:30

    Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.


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