Apr 9 2010
About that Anti-Israel Thing going on
I got an interesting e-mail. It's about another conference [held March 12-17], 2010). Now, I don't know very much about these things, but it seems to me that the thing that makes this particular conference kind of shocking is that this one's [was] at Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem - the birth place of Jesus Christ (Matthew:2:6). Bethlehem means "House of Bread", and it is here in this very place that the "Bread of Life," the Word (the logos), was born to one day bring peace to the world. But ironically, it appears to me, the little brown blogger of very little brain, that those who claim to know Jesus Christ and believe in His Word are meeting in His place of birth to deny His very Word, and talk about their own ideas for peace.
They say that the aim of this conference is to: “...equip the global church to understand Scripture as it relates to the Palestinian context, and to discuss the theological importance of Peace and Justice in an Evangelical context.
“Our hope is to provide a forum for evangelicals who take the Bible seriously to prayerfully seek a well-informed awareness of issues of peace, justice and reconciliation which are contextually sensitive as well profound to scriptural scholarship.”
[The] keynote speakers may seem like a particularly surprising combo, but really this is no surprise. They are listed as Lynne Hybels and Tony Campolo.
Lynne Hybels, of course, is the wife of Bill Hybels of Willow Creek church and Willow Creek Association (which most seeker friendly churches today are members of). Besides partnering with the Tutus and the Warrens in social justice and world peace endeavours, Mr. Hybels has had the anti-Semitic Jimmy Carter in to speak, as well as Tony Blair and Bono (Mr. COEXIST), etc. You may recall that Mr. Hybels is also a signatory of this "Common Word Between You and Us", complete with its own website and heavy hitting endorsements from the misguided likes of Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Leith Anderson, and Jim Wallis of the religious left, [which] has proven to be more of a sophisticated anti-Israel propaganda tool than legitimate Inter-Faith dialogue.
Mrs. Hybels has also signed something called: "Christians Support Bold Action for Holy Land Peace Campaign”…a letter signed by 50 leaders included Tony Campolo, Joel Hunter (president of the NAE); Bill and Lynne Hybels; Richard Mouw, President of Fuller; and David Neff, editor-in-chief CT.
This, my friends, represents a thrust deep into the heart of evangelicalism, so long a community that by and large supported Israel. That support is no longer guaranteed, and the presence of Hunter and Hybels cements the fact."
As far as Mr. Campolo goes, well, besides his contemplative, mystical, Ancient Roman Catholic spirituality, centering prayer side, he seems to think that Israel is "stealing" their own land...
(More Books and Things, March 16, 2010 -- from Moriel Ministries Be Alert! March 30, 2010).