Seven signs of an evangelical apocalypse on Palestine and Israel


“An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning “uncovering”), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation.” - Wikipedia

In my new cover story for Sojourners, I describe seven signs that U.S. evangelicals are finally waking up to the reality faced by their sisters and brothers in Palestine. The article is behind their paywall, so I will discreetly offer seven quotes here and encourage you to read the full article on their site or subscribing to this fine magazine of faith, politics, and culture that employed me from 1999-2010.

“Many evangelicals are moving from the Israeli side into what I think is the peace and justice side.” – Rev. Alex Awad, Bethlehem Bible College

“In each community there are those who reject peace and those who daily pursue peace. We want our people to be so captivated by the peacemakers that they will stand in solidarity with them.” – Lynne Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church

“During our visit, I found the treatment of Palestinians to be reminiscent of the way Blacks were discriminated against in the U.S.” - Pastor Dennis Edwards, Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis

“The most inspiring evangelical responses we’re seeing are people doing a power analysis of Palestine and Israel that refracts onto their own lives.” – Sarah Thompson, Christian Peacemaker Teams

“[T]he amount of power that each group has bears on the amount of responsibility that it has. It’s Israelis who control the freedoms and rights of Palestinians—not the other way around. So of course our actions are more pressuring towards Israelis and more advocating for Palestinians.” – Mariano Avila, Hope Equals

“Young people tell me that they grow up in churches being told that Jews are God’s chosen people. Then they go to universities where Jewish students laugh at their Christian Zionism and want no part of it.” – Dale Hanson Bourke, author of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers

“We are challenging evangelicals that rather than looking at the Middle East through the lens of prophecy that they look at it through the teaching of Jesus to be peacemakers. … In the past we used to say there will never be peace in the Middle East until Jesus comes. This is a very typical evangelical response. Now we’re saying rather than waiting for divine intervention—get busy! Listen and respond to God’s call to action!” – Dr. Munther Isaac, Bethlehem Bible College and Christ at the Checkpoint

 Get the full story on Sojourners.