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A Christian Response to the Current Israel-Gaza War

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The Torch Leadership Foundation's Cross in Culture Podcast #4

Because the roots of the Christian faith are steeped in Judaism, Bible-believing Christians have always felt an affinity for Israel and the Israeli people. Our Savior came as a descendant of Jews with a message that was first for the Jews and then the Gentiles. The majority of Christians support the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own and to live in peace like all democratic nations.

When situations such as the current conflict in Israel and Gaza take place, many Christians are unsure of how to respond. While we support Israel's right to defend itself against a terrorist organization launching rockets into its territory, no one likes to hear that over 800 civilians have been killed and over 5,000 people have been wounded -- especially children.

One response is to lay the blame on Israel as the militarily superior nation and side with the Palestinians as those who are less fortunate in this situation. In recent months, some Christian denominations have decided to engage in boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against companies which they say harm Palestinians. For example, last month, the Presbyterian Church decided to pull its investments from three U.S. companies that do business with Israel. The church claims that Caterpillar supplies products to Israel that are used to destroy Palestinian homes, Hewlett-Packard provides logistics and technology to help enforce the naval blockade of Gaza, and Motorola Solutions provides military and surveillance systems in illegal Israeli settlements...

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