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March 15, 2003

A Root of Christian Support

If you need to answer why Israel has the support of so many so-called fundamentalist Christians, here is one of many answers for you to give. From the March 15 devotion in Streams in the Desert:
Do not be afraid, oh worm Jacob... I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. (Isaiah 41: 14-15)
Could any two things be in greater contrast than a worm and a threshing tool with sharp teeth? A worm is delicate and is easily bruised by a stone or crushed beneath a passing wheel. Yet a threshing tool with sharp teeth can cut through rock and not be broken, leaving its mark upon the rock. And almighty God can convert one into the other. He can take an individual or a nation, who has all the weakness of the worm, and through the energizing work of His own Spirit, endow that person or nation with strength enough to make a profound mark upon the history of their time.

"Best ex-President" Jimmy Carter, in his scribble for the New York Times a week ago, writes about the opposition to the imminent war on Saddam Hussein, "This is an almost universal conviction of religious leaders, with the most notable exception of a few spokesmen of the Southern Baptist Convention who are greatly influenced by their commitment to Israel.."
Over half of liberal PCUSA clergy and elders surveyed approve of fighting to enforce treaty obligations. Iraq signed the 1971 torture treaty and the rest is obvious.

He also writes, "[The war's] violence must be proportional to the injury we have suffered. Despite Saddam Hussein's other serious crimes, American efforts to tie Iraq to the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been unconvincing."
Very good, we wait to get hit and then we defend. 90-95% of liberal PCUSA clergy and elders now approve. Israel take note: you should have waited for Saddam to become nuclear ready before you hit Osirak, even if Iraq's other connections to terror (Salman Pak) have been convincing.

Cross-posted at PROLEGOMENA