The Middle East may explode at any time. Nearly every day brings mounting tensions that are felt from the border guardhouse in the Holy Land to the White House in Washington.
Perspective is “the interrelation in which parts of a subject are viewed.” This is what we need to gain as we view the many-faceted Palestine problem. Consider some obvious aspects of the problem. For one thing, Scripture reveals that God has a definite purpose for his people Israel that he will surely bring to pass. For another, more than a million Arab refugees (some of them third generation) now live in camps in exceedingly wretched conditions. Add the question of who is to blame, the problem of perpetual border incidents, the reprisal raids, the “fact-finding missions,” and the apparent inability of the United Nations to achieve anything concrete in this area, and you have complexity compounded. Another aspect is the choosing of sides by missionaries and Christian leaders who let their pro-Arab or pro-Israel feelings be known. After a recent border incident one Protestant missionary who worked in Arab lands asked for suspension of all aid to Israel, while another Christian leader who works in Israel openly justified and defended that nation’s actions.
The way out of the maze is to focus on people. A concern for people, more than for politics or even prophecy, brings the Palestine problem into proper perspective for the Christian. To be sure, there is a divine purpose for Israel that the Lord of history is accomplishing through these current events. It was first announced in the covenant God made with Abraham, in which he promised, among other things, a certain clearly defined territory to Abraham’s physical seed, Israel. “Unto thy seed have I given ...1
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