Most Christians don't handle the situation very graciously when they see a fellow believer sin. Christians desperately need this kind of instruction. That, of course, is why I wrote this. My advice here comes straight from the Bible.
The decades-old enthusiasm of American evangelicals for Israel and the Jews is fulsome - in the old meaning of the word, i.e. full of flattery insincerely meant. For what are Jews to such Jesus-lovers but a means to Christian End Times? Apart from that, younger evangelicals, venturing outside their parents' hot-house, think they should hear both sides of the argument, especially as Israeli Christians are all Arabs. Bibi is fulsome in his embrace of Christians - but only if they are of the right, Israel-worshipping sort.
Martin Pierce's insight:
This article acknowledges that "Christian Zionism is by far the largest organized voice on Middle East issues among evangelicals," but it says that is slowly changing.
It is selfish and actually somewhat superstitious to want to bless Israel in the belief that God will bless us for doing so. It is unselfish and must more just to question whether the Palestinians deserve to have their land stolen from under them and suffer persecution at the hands of Israelis.
"He says Christians often want to address theological differences before building relationships. Despite the importance of those conversations, asking questions right away can be counterproductive, he says. 'When I introduce myself as a Christian, as a leader, even as an evangelical, and come with open arms and genuine desire to know Muslims, I feel the reciprocal attitude and actions from Muslims—open arms.'"
It's so true that we can and should befriend people before sharing the gospel with them, even if they are Muslims or whoever. We never compromise the gospel by becoming someone's friend.
The dumbest thing a Palestinian can do is throw rocks at Israelis, whether it be a pedestrian or a soldier sitting in a tank. Their cause is worthy of much better behavior than that. These kids need to be educated in the ways of non-violence.
We make young men & boys sit in class and shut up. We shame them by asking why they can't behave like the girls. When none of that works, we give them drugs like Ritalin. We tell them not to use non-approved drugs. When all of that doesn't work, we lock them up in prison.
This is some great advice coming straight from the Bible, with some good exegesis of the Scripture passages. It's about how Christians should settle disputes among one another, and how to handle potential legal cases involving unbelievers.
I highly recommend that you (whoever you may be) read this and take heed to what the Bible says about these important topics.
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Martin Pierce's insight:
I haven't done an in-depth study of the death penalty in the Bible. The crucifixion itself seems to speak against it. Our ability to firmly identify the guilty is not perfect. I understand those things. Still, any Christian who wants to oppose the death penalty should address the arguments raised in this article.
A good point is made here. Peace (shalom) is a broad concept. When we try to bring others closer to God, we are peace makers. When we cause offense for the Lord's sake (NOT out of any selfish motive), we are being peace makers.
Is it natural for humans to make war? Is organised violence between rival political groups an inevitable outcome of the human condition? Some scholars believe the answer is yes, but new research suggests not.
Martin Pierce's insight:
I don't know whether these findings are accurate, but if so this is not in conflict with Genesis, as I understand it (see my book, Return to Genesis). I believe homo sapiens existed before Adam and Eve's time, which the Bible makes no attempt to conceal. This was about the time that people started to do widescale farming. However, God didn't hold people accountable for sin until after He revealed Himself to mankind.
The most notable instances of the spread of God's revelation came through:
Adam and the Sethites
Noah's descendants, when they spread across the earth
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