We are nearing the second anniversary
of a terrible event -- the killing of many members of the
Fogel family in Israel by Palestinian terrorists. The
intruders were unmerciful, going from room to room in their
act of evil, thankfully overlooking two small children. A
third was out for the evening but had to return to the
Subsequently, after their capture, the two
terrorists expressed no remorse for their actions, saying that
had they known that two other children had been sleeping in the
Fogel home at the time, they would have murdered them as well.
Many Palestinians reacted with sheer joy to
news of the massacre, handing out sweets in the streets of Rafah
to passersby as though their team had just won the World Cup.
And a poll taken shortly afterwards found that a whopping 32% of
Palestinians said they supported this despicable act of murder.
But let's be frank: All of these folks are
in need of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. And while Newt
Gingrich's history of the Palestinians as an "invented people"
is more right than wrong, no Bible-believing Christian wants to
see them suffer as they are, although it is at the hands of
their own leadership and not the Israelis.
Enter Wheaton College's Gary Burge
and Christianity Today
magazine. Recently Christianity
Today, the prominent
evangelical journal that has been leaning Left for years,
spotlighted the, "Top 5 Books on Israel & Palestine," as
asserted by Gary Burge.
Burge is a crusader for trying to
shift evangelicals away from their typically pro-Israel stance.
All five books naturally tout a pro-Palestinian perspective to
varying degrees. It would have been right and honorable to
feature a pro-Israel book as well but that likely found no
favor. Should the magazine be titled
with it's Left-leaning agenda of the last 20 years?
Let's consider two of the featured
On the Road to
Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend
by Timothy Weber, explains "why America and its evangelical
communities are so ardently pro-Israel." He is not even
fact that evangelicals stand with Israel has apocalyptic
overtones! It smacks of Armageddon!
It would be nice if Burge and
would insert that evangelicals are Israel's
ONLY friend. The torment of
the Jewish state by the Obama administration has just begun.
And that will truly lead to
the real, biblical Armageddon!
reviewed is Colin Chapman's
Whose Promised Land? The Continuing Crisis over Israel and
Palestine. Chapman parrots
the new party line claiming that Islamic Fundamentalism is a
carbon copy of Jewish Fundamentalism, blaming the Jews, yet
again, for everything.
He says, "I have to say that I think I
can understand what motivates a person to be a suicide
bomber. If my situation were intolerable and couldn't get
any worse, and if my religious teachers told me that by
blowing myself up and killing some of the enemy in the
process I would be guaranteed instant access to Paradise, I
might think seriously about going down that road."
Thanks to Gary Burge's leadership,
Wheaton is headed down the same rocky road that my alma
mater is, Bethel University. I attended their seminar in
September with the most visible pro-Palestinian advocate,
Lynne Hybels, making tragic false claims about the "ongoing
Middle East conflict."
Mark Tooley of the
Institute for Religion and Democracy
says, "Burge's book selection for
asserts his overall narrative of Israel as an imperialist
intrusion on indigenous Palestinians, for which America and
especially America's pro-Israel evangelicals are especially
culpable. By telling stories of victimhood by Palestinians,
especially the tiny Christian minority, Burge hopes to
influence evangelicals towards neutrality or, better yet,
Tooley concludes, "Burge and fellow
Evangelical Left anti-Israel crusaders, of course, assume
that Israeli intransigence is the primary blockage to peace.
But what if Israel unilaterally withdrew to its pre-1967
borders, abandoned Jerusalem, and allowed an unlimited right
of return for all Palestinians claiming descent from
original Palestinian residents in what is now Israel? Would
these unilateral concessions completely appease most
Palestinians? Or would they not feed thirsts for even
greater victory, to include the eradication of Israel as a
And none of these outfits or
individuals, not Gary Burge, Wheaton College, Bethel
University, Colin Chapman, Timothy Weber, Lynn Hybels, or
wants to reference the Fogel family. That is my point. Only
the "brutality" of the Israelis is on their mind. The blame
game in the Middle East drama always has their villains out
of sync. They're usually Jews and evangelical Christians.
The Palestinians do not wish to live in
peace with Israel. They have had ample opportunity to do so,
but have rejected every offer, even the most generous.
It's time for their defenders to do a