More of My Thoughts on Syria

india1Question: If, as I stated in my last post, my mission in life is to proclaim the kingdom of God; and if my allegiance to God’s kingdom supersedes my allegiance to any political ideology; does that mean I have the responsibility to think about how my country’s decisions affect believers of other countries that could be harmed because of the actions of my country?

I think the answer is yes, and that affects how I view the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, and now Syria.

I have several friends who grew up as Christians in Baghdad. Their families had to flee because of religious persecution. Persecution that got worse once the United States got involved.

Everyone agrees, even my Iraqi friends, that Saddam was a bad guy. But under his regime there was a degree of religious freedom that evaporated when he was toppled. Here is my understanding from Christians who lived there during that time: Saddam used Islam to his favor. But he was such a bad guy that he controlled most of the fractions within Islam with an iron fist. In other words, if he told the Taliban to leave Christians alone, they were left alone. Saddam used Christians in his country, especially in Baghdad, because they were highly educated, good citizens, and excellent businessmen. Saddam even had Christians in his cabinet. Continue reading

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The United Nations & Palestine.

gaza-west-bank_mapI am trying to educate myself a little bit more on the political nature of the Palestinian / Israeli conflict and the path to peace and the two-state solution, etc…I know the conservative, evangelical, theological point of view, but I am interested in learning more about the practical, day-to-day impact on the people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, especially the Palestinian Christians who, I believe, have been overlooked and forgotten by most believers in the States.

I have a long way to go and a steep learning curve to navigate. But I am trying.

I have several Arab Christian friends. I have asked some of them their thoughts on the present situation, mainly the UN’s recent decision to recognize Palestine as a state. Below is the response I received from one of them.

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