I think it’s important for followers of Jesus to stop and listen to the voices of Palestinian Christians. They continue to live in the land of Jesus, amid complicated realities that constantly urge them to war. Yet these leaders urge us to “wage peace.”
They need our support. How can Christians in the United States help in that effort? We begin by listening to their stories and opinions.
Recently Rev. Mitri Raheb, the senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, gave a speech at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. “Unfortunately, theology is part of the problem, not part of the solution. While the international community keeps sending Israel all these hardware toys for free, the seminaries and the theologians are providing the software for occupation to continue.”
Raheb said that is why he began organizing theological conferences in 2005. “In 1948 we did not lose our land alone,” he said. “I think more importantly what we lost in that year was our narrative.”