World Can Not Save Itself – 29 Aug 2013

Syria continues to kill its own, with and without chemical weapons.  The Arab world does not intervene; the western world has lost its moral and political capacity to effectively intervene; the international community expresses itself through the United Nations with words.  Arab/Palestinian Christians continue seek to undermine Israel’s legitimacy — with backing from the rest of the world — even while Israel remains till now the only stable country in the region, but remain silent regarding the slaughter of even many Christians both in Syria and in Egypt.  The United States is steadily losing its power and authority to maintain its own interests around the world, for other leaders and nations see the moral decay and corruption within American society, making it impossible for America to wield its influence as in the past.  Even today President Obama is equivocating and vacillating about his resolve, and that of the Western allies, to attack Syrian positions.  Even should they do so, the objective is not that the evil ruler Assad should be removed from power, which only shows that evil  rulers are legitimate, with rare exceptions; and the alternatives are not necessarily better.  Israel continues to hope that the US will come through, while claiming that she will defend and protect herself, but afraid of what the consequences will be if the US cuts off aid.  Neither the US nor any other nation stands up on Israel’s behalf when she is threatened with retaliation if Syria is attacked.   There are wars and rumors of wars all around the globe, and brutality and cold-blooded heartlessness increasing at a rapid and frightful pace.

Does any one really think that people can save the world?  Do true believers in the Word of God and the truth of Messiah being Yeshua/Jesus really think that we will bring order to this world that Satan is the prince of and that lies under the evil one?   Sinners can not save themselves or others from sinfulness.  Thank God for Jesus and His promise that HE Himself will return in great power and glory at the appointed time to subdue evil and establish God’s righteousness and peace!  This is the peace — the peace which Yeshua gives to the believer — that we have to offer a lost and dying world.  We have a blessed hope that so many desperately need; if they do not see it and hear about it from us, we have nothing either to offer them, just like the “international community” and unbelieving Israel.

The voice crying out in the desert still goes out:  “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near, and be saved from the wrath [of God] to come.”

CHRISTIAN ARABS IDENTIFYING WITH ISRAEL AS ISRAELIS – 18 Aug 2013

In July a Christian Arab from Nazareth, Bishara Shlayan, announced his intentions of forming a new political party in Israel.  At that time, the name of the party was Allies of the New Covenant, but afterwards changed to just Allies, since Jewish people were uncomfortable with the term, New Covenant, which is the same as New Testament.

Among other things, Shlayan and the party want to be recognized as Israelis, as proud citizens of Israel, their country, and want to serve in the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces.  He is opposed to boycotts against Israeli goods, even those manufactured in the ‘occupied territories’, saying that they hurt Arab workers and families whose livelihood comes from those jobs and other opportunities.

At present there is no viable party, but by raising the banner of Arabs willing to stand with Israel against all the pressures, especially from Islamic forces and from Christians who have taken on a more Islamic worldview regarding Israel, Shlayan has put out a challenge for Bible-believing Arabs to consider anew their relationship and attitudes with respect to Israel and Israelis.  The New Covenant/New Testament gives hope to the seed of Ishmael and of Esau when they put their faith and hope in the truth of the gospel to bring them back home to the Father, to YHVH God of Abraham, while at the same time confirming the hope of Israel as a nation through that same good news of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.

Arab Israeli Christians face some similar tensions as Jewish Israeli believers in Yeshua/Jesus in how they identify themselves compared with how their compatriots label them.

Here are some recent articles from the press related to the new party and a change rising up among the Israeli Arabs:

Jerusalem Post  http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/New-pro-Israel-Arab-party-says-EU-boycott-counterproductive-322864

The Jewish Press  http://www.jewishpress.com/news/arab-christian-party-dont-release-arab-murderers/2013/08/14/

Elder of Ziyon (blog)  http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2013/07/christian-girl-tells-arab-newspaper-she.html

The Times of Israel  http://www.timesofisrael.com/boshra-khalaila-telling-israel-like-it-is-in-arabic/