The Common Good
December 2008

'We Reject Christian Zionism...'

by Church leaders in the Middle East | December 2008

A plea from Christians in the Middle East.

We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice, and reconciliation.

We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently imposing their unilateral pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine.

We call upon Christians in churches on every continent to pray for the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom are suffering as victims of occupation and militarism.

We affirm that Israelis and Palestinians are capable of living together within peace, justice, and security.

With urgency we warn that Christian Zionism and its alliances are justifying colonization, apartheid, and empire-building.

The demands of justice will not disappear. The struggle for justice must be pursued diligently and persistently, but nonviolently. “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Excerpts from the “Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism,” issued by church leaders in the Middle East in August 2006.

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