Christian Support for the State of Israel: Is it Biblical?

For Christians who believe that all are created in the image of God, with equal worth and dignity, what are we called to do for the people of the Holy Land? How can we be faithful and faith-filled peacemakers and justice-seekers? A presentation given during a recent webinar hosted by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).

In this conference, we considered how we can respond to Christian Zionist theology and bring love-inspired, biblically based teaching and action to our congregations and communities.

A summary of my presentation is accessible here

Our speakers included:

REV. DR. MUNTHER ISAAC is the Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College and Assistant Pastor of the Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the Conference Director for Christ at the Checkpoint, a board member of the Shepherd Society and a leader in the global Palestinian Christian movement, Kairos Palestine.

He holds a BS from Birzeit University, Palestine, an MA in Religion-Biblical Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and a PhD in Biblical Theology of the Promised Land from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, England. Isaac is a theologian who writes and speaks on Palestinian theology and the theology of the land. His most recent writtenwork is the book The Other Side of the Wall.

REV. DR. STEPHEN SIZER is a retired priest in the Church of England and served several congregations over the span of 34 years. A renowned author on the subject of Christian Zionism, Sizer’s works include the books: Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon and Zion’s Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church.

He is the founder and director of Peacemaker Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to peacemaking that focuses on persecuted minorities and deprivation of human rights. As leading human rights advocate, Stephen serves on the boards of Sabeel-Kairos UK and the Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust. He holds degrees from Sussex University (BA), Trinity College, Bristol (Diploma in Higher Ed), Oxford University (MTheology), and a PhD from Oak Hill College and Middlesex University.

DR. JONATHAN KUTTAB is the Executive Director of FOSNA and a leading international human rights attorney. He is a co-founder of both Nonviolence International and Al-Haq, the renowned Palestinian human rights center. He serves on the Board of Bethlehem Bible College, and is President of the Board of Holy Land Trust.

Jonathan was the head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO. Jonathan holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Virginia Law School, and he was a visiting scholar at Osgoode Law School at York University in Toronto in 2017. He was also the founding director of the Canadian human rights organization, Just Peace Advocates/ Mouvement pour une Paix Juste. Jonathan’s articles have appeared in the Middle East Institute, Arab News, Arab Center Washington DC, Al Jazeera, the Electronic Intifada, and others.

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