I have just received a desperatee call for help from a very good Christian Palestinian friend. It is related to the implications of the recent decision of the American president to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
My friend is telling me that more and more of the evangelical churches in Palestine (representing something like 1% of the Palestinian Christians, who are, themselves, about 1% of the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank) are adopting a Zionist theology, in an attempt to schmooze American churches to support them financially (you may rightly call it ecclesial prostitution). This is, of course, a luxury that historical churches in Palestine (not only Greek Orthodox, Melkite, and Latin churches, but also Anglicans and Lutherans) do not have.
The immediate implication is that Palestinian (and Jewish) Christians are caught in the cross fire, between Jewish and Islamic fanatics and terrorists. As result, more and more Palestinian Christians are emigrating, the risk being that, in a few decades, the entire Christian population of Palestine will disappear, which, in fact seems to be the unspoken goal of Netanyahu and of (mostly American) Christian Zionists. This being the case, there is no worry about such a risk among the majority of American evangelicals (who form the largest majority of American Zionists).
On the other side, I have heard with my own ears, twice, in two different years, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority saying explicitly that peace in the Middle east is absolutely impossible if the Christian population disappears from this region. (Have you ever heard Netanyahu say that? And, if not, have you asked yourself why it is so?)
This is, in a few words, the conundrum facing the Christian community in the (not so) holy land. And, in his despair, my good friend is asking: what can WE do, as Palestinian Christians, to prevent this disaster from happening? And, he adds, what can YOU do?
I leave this question with you, for reflection and prayer.
May our Lord have mercy on his Church in Israel/Palestine, which the church in the west has long left behind, because of the Zionist heresy!