Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Presbyterian Church Slams Israel, Ignores Christian Persecution"

Well, that's a provocative headline, isn't it?

From the Israel News:
It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred, by savagery of unimaginable proportions. Then you come to Israel and you see the one democracy that upholds basic human rights, that guards the rights of all minorities, that protects Christians—Christians are persecuted throughout the Middle East. So most Americans understand that Israel is a beacon of civilization and moderation. You know I would suggest to these Presbyterian organizations to fly to the Middle East, come and see Israel for the embattled democracy that it is, and then take a bus tour, go to Libya, go to Syria, go to Iraq, and see the difference. And I would give them two pieces of advice, one is, make sure it’s an armor plated bus, and second, don’t say that you’re Christians.
He's got a point.  This is an interesting issue, as all of the mainstream Protestant churches are currently lead by those whose social agenda was crystallized in the 1980's and who are not making the transition to the very different world of the 21st century with any sort of ease.  The official statements coming from this leadership represent a museum-quality world view and one that continues the disheartening trend of reducing the socio-political appeal of Protestantism to an aging and shrinking minority.