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Evangelical Blindness on Lebanon ( An Arab Christian's Point of View )
Christianity Today ^ | 07/17/2006 | Martin Accad

Posted on 08/03/2006 9:48:15 AM PDT by SirLinksalot

Another Point of View: Evangelical Blindness on Lebanon

The academic dean of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is angry at evangelical Christians, Israel, Hezbollah, the U.S., and the international community.

by Martin Accad

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Note: When covering international crises, such as the current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, Christianity Today takes care to listen to evangelical Christian leaders in the places most affected. We may find their views corrective, provocative, or even abhorrent at times, but in each case we learn about areas where we stand together and areas where we disagree. In the case of this submission from Martin Accad, academic dean of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, there are many areas where we strongly agree, and there are some areas (particularly his characterization of Israel's history and U.S. diplomacy) where we strongly disagree. We present it here to illuminate at least one Lebanese Christian leader's perspective. —Eds.

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It is normally easy enough for me to dismiss with a smirk some of the simplistic comments that I constantly read or hear from Christians around the world as pertains to events that are going on in the Middle East. These comments hit much deeper at a time when my country is once again hurting beyond pain, under the murderous aggression of Israeli armed forces for the past five days.

It is striking how normally highly reasonable and spiritually aware people can suddenly lose any sense of ethical, let alone Christian, balance when it comes to Middle East conflicts involving modern political Israel.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabchristians; blindness; christianitytoday; evangelical; lebanesechristians; lebanon; martinaccad
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To: SirLinksalot
His opinion is that anyone who supports Israel's right to defend its self is immoral and unbalanced. No need to read further. It is striking how normally highly reasonable and spiritually aware people can suddenly lose any sense of ethical, let alone Christian, balance when it comes to Middle East conflicts involving modern political Israel.
21 posted on 08/03/2006 1:12:52 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SirLinksalot
Very interesting article - thanks.

But how is it that he, like so many others, fails to notice that world events in the last few years—even decades—have had as their main catalyst tens of thousands of evangelical Christians with a "messianic" mentality who believe that apocalyptic destruction of all but their beloved Israel will be "a precursor to global salvation"?

If a Christian President were to threaten to annihilate the world with nuclear weapons in order to bring about the return of Christ, his point might be a valid one. Until that happens, it isn't.

Ask them whether weapons of any kind are in safe hands in any bloodthirsty human hands. And if they were not bloodthirsty, why would they have them? Why would anyone have them?

Wait - so any country that has weapons is "bloodthirsty"? How ridiculous! We live in an evil world, and arming yourself is simply common sense. Is Hezbollah "bloodthirsty" because they have weapons? He doesn't say.

And how dare they, since the said state has only been acting as an aggressor and racist colonial state with neighbor-exterminating tendencies from the moment of its inception?

Give me a break - the Arab nations attacked Israel at the instant of its inception as a state. The Arab states hate Israel because they are Jews and occupy the "holy land" of Islam. Israel, if they could, would live at peace with their Arab neighbors.

Hezbollah, which has done the inadmissible of taking a unilateral war decision without consulting the Lebanese government of which it is part...

I am no expert, but I doubt that this is any different than how any terrorist group would behave if they lived under a democracy.

22 posted on 08/03/2006 1:25:29 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: fso301
Upon learning that the Christians weren't attempting to evangelize their mohammedan neighbors, the American Evangelical asked "Aren't you worried about your neighbors burning in Hell?", the Lebanese pastor replied "I can't think of a better place for them".

I hope they rethink that policy, because not only is it dishonoring to God, in the long term it is culturally (and maybe even physically) suicidal, as the more Muslims surround the Christians the more precarious their position comes.

23 posted on 08/03/2006 1:27:01 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: SirLinksalot

Bumping this thread for future reference.


24 posted on 08/03/2006 3:44:51 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Arabs out! Temple up! Mashiach NOW!!! HaShem is King over all the earth!!!!)
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To: SirLinksalot

The author needs to look in the mirror -

Hezbollah has been holding Christians in Lebanon at gunpoint, preventing them from leaving and becoming targets AFTER Hezbollah has used their homes / property to attack Israel.

Hezbollah is threatening Christian areas to the north if they get their clocks cleaned too badly in the south.

Lebanon (meaning also Christian of the ilk of the author) has allowed a terrorist organization to co-opt most of their nation, based upon an ideology that would have them killed in a moments notice.

Finally, Israel didn't start this fight.

Now, what part of this immoral behavior by Israel don't I get?


25 posted on 08/03/2006 3:53:08 PM PDT by Godzilla (OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?)
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To: Godzilla

I have had contact with Lebanese Christians for about ten years, and I have felt that my Lebanese Christian friends have picked up some Islamic ideas and thoughts, so I believe that we should pray for them. I have not met one Lebanese Christian that believes in the ten commandments, and the laws or commandments is what makes the difference between the Allah of the Koran, and Jehovah or Yaweh God of the bible. They are just not the same.


26 posted on 08/03/2006 5:56:52 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: SirLinksalot
Hezbollah ventured into kidnapping two Israeli soldiers in order to force the hand of Israel into a prisoner exchange.

What does he think Israel should have done? Sat down and parleyed with them?

27 posted on 08/03/2006 6:02:00 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 49-54)
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To: wideawake
EXCELLENT Fisking!
28 posted on 08/03/2006 6:05:17 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 49-54)
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To: tessalu
I have had contact with Lebanese Christians for about ten years, and I have felt that my Lebanese Christian friends have picked up some Islamic ideas and thoughts, so I believe that we should pray for them.

I agree on prayer. However, when an individual in his position takes up his soap box and writes what he did, he deserves the criticism he recieves.

29 posted on 08/03/2006 6:51:43 PM PDT by Godzilla (OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?)
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To: redgolum
The Christians in the Middle East are between the devil and the deep blue sea. They really have no where to turn.

If they are, indeed, Christian, perhaps turning to Christ might be in order...

the infowarrior

30 posted on 08/03/2006 11:01:50 PM PDT by infowarrior (The GOP runs the US, the Dems run their mouths... Freeper HardStarboard)
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