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Worthy Christian News » Op-Ed: Do you REALLY care about the Palestinians in Gaza?

by Emmitt Barry

One thing that really frustrates me is the number of Christians who believe Israel is in the wrong for destroying Hamas. First, I want to say that I don't know of ANY believers who aren't grieved about the innocent lives that are being lost because of this war. But we should not forget that inadvertent causalities happen in war — any war. A nation which cares about civilians and desires to honor the international code of warfare will take extensive measures as Israel has (cell phone calls, leaflets dropped, warning shots fired) to warn and protect the local non-military populations in enemy territory. Nevertheless, innocent casualties are virtually inevitable in the unpredictable atmosphere of warfare, even with the pinpoint accuracy of modern weapons…but especially when the enemy has a policy of using their population as human shields.

But I have a challenging question for my brothers and sisters: Do you really care about the Palestinians in Gaza? Do you realize that their spiritual danger is infinitely greater than the physical danger they face from this horrible situation? And do you know how many "evangelical" churches are in Gaza who teach that you must be "born again" as Jesus said? Any guesses? ONE! That's right there's ONLY ONE evangelical church in the ENTIRE Gaza Strip with about 200 members – one of the most densely populated areas of the world housing 1.3 million people has one small Christian congregation.

The Gaza Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Gaza City, Gaza, Palestinian Territories. The Church is one of only three Christian churches in the Gaza Strip, and the only one that is Protestant and evangelical. — Wikipedia

So while Hamas is in power there will be a fanatical lock down on the Gospel in the Gaza strip. Hamas will relentlessly prevent an open door for the message of Christ wherever their authority reigns. When they seized power in 2007 the Christians were immediately targeted. Read what they faced in these past stories on Worthy News:

Prominent Palestinian Christian Killed In Gaza (October 8, 2007)

Militants Target "Christian missionaries" in Gaza (May 14, 2007)

Things are different in Israel. There is freedom of religion here, and many believing churches and congregations. So please, if you say you're a Christian and are vilifying Israel for waging war against Hamas, a terrorist organization devoted to Israel's destruction [1], you should realize that you're also inadvertently supporting a fanatical religious organization opposed to the Gospel and devoted to the persecution and destruction of your brothers and sisters in Christ, and dedicated to preventing their own people from receiving the gift of salvation…1.3 million people who HAVE NO ACCESS to the gospel message!

Israel must remove Hamas from power for the sake of its own security and safety of its citizens. Israel's war is a necessary defense against a relentless aggressive religious power. But we must pray that a wonderful side-effect of our victory will be the advance of the Gospel in the Gaza Strip. Removing radical jihadists from power and the "humanitarian" crisis that follows will open the door for Christian aid organizations to care for beleaguered souls in Gaza whose lives have been deceived and terrorized by a satanic principality called Islam. We must pray that the light of the gospel will shine there!

We who truly desire peace in the Middle East know that true peace will only come through the Prince of Peace – our Sar Shalom – Yeshua (Jesus). His light will never shine as long as Hamas and other Islamic fundamentalists are in power! Just look at Mosul, Iraq — a town known for its 2,000 year Christian history – the last of the Christians were recently driven out by the Islamic state! Ironically, the same thing happened seven years ago in Gaza, yet the world didn't care!

So our warfare is on two fronts—the natural AND the spiritual. Let us keep both in mind, act and pray accordingly.

[1] The following is excerpts from Hamas Charter found on Wikipedia.

The Preamble to the Charter states: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it".

Article 13 – There is no negotiated settlement possible. Jihad is the only answer.

Article 15 – "The day that enemies usurp part of Muslim land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Muslim". It states the history of crusades into Muslim lands and says the "Palestinian problem is a religious problem".

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  • Fresno Joe
    31 July 2014 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Amen~!

  • Alex Pace Goodwin
    31 July 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I've never doubted Israel's right to defend itself. The mainstream media, PC and unbelievably weak (or worse than weak) politicians have done a great job of undermining and dismantling support for Israel and Christianity. In doing do, they wittingly or unwittingly participate in the destruction of democracy and freedom. The lack of interest in helping those suffering from the unspeakable evil being done to Christians, Jews, and ALL who don't 'measure up' to the jihadi hatred of innocent people, is unbelievable and shocking. Fortunately some of us care enough to reason out what is likely, given the nature of one group or the other, and then go beyond the smokescreen to get to the truth, which is clear and self-evident. The evil-doers even brag about their sick acts of violence. How do we bring back sanity? I guess we can't without God. He is always with us. I am constantly praying, and trusting in the Sacred Heart of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus. We must do as He said to do, and pray even for this determined enemy, and for those ignoring the victims, that they will see the light and goodness of the One True God, and turn from their error to love others as God loves all.

  • Patrick Riggs
    31 July 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Well, the Palestenians voted in Hamas, but Hamas apparently doesn't care about Palestenians, so why should we?

  • Dougie Houston
    31 July 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I care about blacks in americkkk

  • Worthy News
    31 July 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply
  • Jack Burhenne
    31 July 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    When I look at the Muslims killing people all over the world and their escalating of violence against Christians in several countries, I suspect they are reaping what they have sown.

  • John Meyer
    31 July 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Nope, just brutal thugs.

  • Najam Aldin
    31 July 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Jews claim Jesus is a false prophet and now you hypocrites that claim to be Christian got their back. I'm a Muslim and I know what Jesus says in Mark 17:29. You see why Jews are hated by watching not only what they did to Jesus but right now on the Gaza strip!

    • Worthy News Staff
      1 August 2014 at 1:47 am - Reply

      Considering there is no Mark 17:29 I doubt you know what Jesus really said. ;)

    • Joe DeCaro
      1 August 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Are you quoting the Quranic version of the Christian Gospel?
      In my Bible, Mark ends with chapter (sura?) 16.

    • Michael Aliff
      1 August 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Only because mis guided pastors teach a false doctrine that Jesus abolished the Law and the writings of Moses. That's what Jesus was condemned for, that's why Stephen was stoned to death and also why Paul was almost killed. They said they all taught a new religion. The Jewish people will be provoked to jealousy when they see the church keeping all that was written in the Word, and abandon the false doctrines and teachings of men. They will look upon Him whom they have pierced and cry out Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. Wake up sleepy church, Arise and Shine, Its time to be the Church Christ said the gates of hell would not prevail against. A Glorious Church, without spot wrinkle or blemish. Right now WE can't hold up to that. Not yet. But that time has come. WAKE UP SLEEPY CHURCH!

    • dan
      2 August 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

      I WOULD SUGGEST YOU READ ACTS 4 : 25 THRU 28 AND THEN MALACHI 1 THRU 5 !!!

  • Randy Aglahan
    31 July 2014 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Not Hamas!

  • Alan J. Zytowski
    31 July 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    The issue is not Hamas…The issue is the slaughter of innocents while they sleep…..These tunnels were not built in a week. They were constructed over years……maybe better security utilizing drones and tunnel detection… would facilitate a more direct defense of Israel instead of this very poor warfare response….The iron dome seems to be a reinvented patriot missle system…which was terrible…I am not impressed by anything that hits an unguided hamas missle…wow……I would fire your military strategists and get somebody with a brain….Israel should defend itself…but get real the current result is a bunch of buffoons…..I expected pinpoint srategic drone etc. hits….minimal civilian casualties…..The current state of affairs is both a disgrace and a abomination…..I expected excellence…I feel it is a disgrace…..

    • Joe DeCaro
      2 August 2014 at 5:57 am - Reply

      How can you possibly have "minimal civilian casualties" when Hamas uses Gaza's population as human shields to protect their rocket launchers and mortars?

  • PastorPrincess K Gill
    31 July 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    i just say stop fighting so we can live

  • Marlene Mounce
    31 July 2014 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    The Gazans are being held hostage by Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood seeks world domination, and all nations should take note. People are so gullible. Good editorial, it's true that evil people are preventing others from coming to Jesus.

  • Mi Monroe
    1 August 2014 at 12:00 am - Reply

    No. Why should I?

    • Worthy News Staff
      1 August 2014 at 1:49 am - Reply

      Why should you care about the Palestinians? Because God loves them! He sent His Son to die for them just as well! That's why you should care.

  • Frank J Manrique
    1 August 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Stop free propagandizing the ones who have started yet another conflict in Gaza: Hamas. They hide rocket missiles in schools and ordinary residences so when Israelis respond to attacks the results are horrific for their own people, whose lives are meaningless to those in power within the Hamas organization. I once had some sympathy for Palestinians which I lost when I saw the results in Lebanon after they invaded –as "refugees"–

  • Paul Brundage
    1 August 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Richard Wayne Garganta – you seem to condemn all Christians in the same manner that you deplore the condemnation of all Muslims.

  • Frank J Manrique
    1 August 2014 at 1:32 am - Reply

    that country…

  • Worthy News
    1 August 2014 at 2:06 am - Reply
  • Worthy News
    1 August 2014 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Just heard a report from believers in Tel Aviv, a Gaza Christian, who are dear friends of a worship leader we know in Tel Aviv, was just tortured and hung in the Gaza Strip by Hamas yesterday. We're investigating to see if we can get some confirmed reports, however information coming out of the Strip not able to be verified easily.

  • Joe Cotterino
    1 August 2014 at 6:17 am - Reply
  • Anonymous
    1 August 2014 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Instead of making our own assumptions about the situation of our Palestinian
    Christian brothers and sisters, let us actually listen to what they are telling us. In the words of Hanna Massad, pastor of Gaza Baptist Church – "The last 5 years have been very difficult for all the Palestinians – Muslims and Christians.
    The plight of the Palestinian Christian is very much connected to that of the Palestinian Muslim in that both, whether in the Occupied Territories or inside Israel itself, are experiencing daily injustices at the hands of oppressive and discriminatory policies imposed on them by the Israeli government. The conflict is therefore not between Muslims and Christians; nor between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Palestinian Christians; it is between Palestinians as a whole and Israel's occupation and apartheid establishment"(Middle East Monitor 2010). Since 2009 the Palestinian christians have been crying out the Western church for help. Please read the Kairos Palestine document 2009, written by over 100 Palestinian Christian organisations and churches, where they state clearly that the 'Primary source of persecution for the Palestinian church is the Israeli Occupation' – http://www.kairospalestine.ps/sites/default/Documents/English.pdf
    http://www.mcc.org/stories/news/palestinian-church-leaders-call-justice-and-equality
    http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/downloads/briefing-paper/christian-muslim-relations-in-palestine.pdf

  • Morry Barak
    1 August 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    As much I care about roadkill.

  • Stephen Dickerson
    1 August 2014 at 6:54 am - Reply

    you pro genocide freaks make me sick

  • Stephen Dickerson
    1 August 2014 at 6:56 am - Reply
  • Deanna Marquart Kay
    1 August 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Richard, I wonder if you believe that nations like France and England should have been held accountable for all the German children they killed in WW2 while fighting the Nazi regime? It is a very sad reality that innocents get caught in the crossfire of conflicts. But the difference is that Israel is not deliberately targeting civilians while Hamas is deliberately targeting civilians – their own included.

  • Deanna Marquart Kay
    1 August 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    But what do you believe should have been Israel's response to discovering Hamas had been planning a mass murder-kidnapping-destruction campaign this coming Rosh Hashanah using their tunnel network into Israel?

  • Al Taschith
    6 August 2014 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Hamas has a detailed "manifesto" that declares there will be no peace until all of Israel is destroyed, along with Christians and any other non-muslems. The koran teaches it is ok to lie to infidels if it furthers the cause of islam. Peace talks and negotiations are meaningless according to article 13.
    Just look at the behavior. Read the Bible, it will tell you what is going on and why. King Jesus is coming soon. I stand with Israel!

  • Eliza Martin
    8 August 2014 at 2:39 am - Reply

    I commend all christians praying for Israel as this is a commandment of the Lord. I pray the Lord will continue to be with Israel as they seek to look unto their redeemer Jehovah of the OT Jesus of the NT as both names provides salvation. Anyone anti-Jehovah anti Jesus is an enemy of God. If you fit in this category REPENT TURN AWAY FROM SIN RETURN TO THE ONLY ONE TRUE GOD

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