Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Christians and the Middle East
With all that is happening in the Middle East right now, how should Christians respond? Russell Moore provides us with some helpful thoughts in an updated commentary: "Middle East Peace: For What Should We Pray?." He begins:
The Apostle Paul didn't know anything about Hezbollah or the Israeli defense ministry. But he did know something about hatred and hostility between irreconcilable people groups. And, more importantly, he knew something about the Kingdom of Christ.
Much of the Christian response to the headlines and television images coming out of the Middle East is informed by more intricate hermeneutical and theological tendencies, especially among evangelicals. Evangelical thought on the Middle East crisis is linked inextricably to evangelical thought on the Kingdom of God. Some evangelicals believe peace in the Middle East is a hopeless endeavor, until Jesus sets foot on the Mount of Olives. Other evangelicals believe peace in the Middle East can be hammered out in the West Wing of the White House. Both groups are partially right, but both groups easily can miss a crucial element of the biblical vision of Kingdom peace, the church.