Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wesleyan GS Support 2 State Solution

The General Superintendents of the North American Wesleyan Church have signed up to a 2 state solution endorsed by 80 Evangelical leaders in the US. Part of me asks: "What business is it of yours?" Another part recognises that there is much misinformation on the situation and particularly what the Bible has to say about the sovereignty of Israel. Anyways the guts of it is:

The Bible clearly teaches that God longs for justice and peace for all people. We believe that the principles about justice taught so powerfully by the Hebrew prophets apply to all nations, including the United States, Israel, and the Palestinians. Therefore we are compelled to work for a fair, negotiated solution for both Israelis and Palestinians. We resolve to work diligently for a secure, enduring peace and a flourishing economy for the democratic State of Israel. We also resolve to work for a viable permanent, democratic Palestinian State with a flourishing economy that offers economic opportunity to all its people. We believe that the way forward is for the Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a fair, two-state solution.

The full story is here.


BJ said...

Frank Ritchie does a much better job discussing the issues on his site A Servants Thoughts (see in the sidebar). Some of the particular sensitivities in the US context are addressed in more depth (although it has to be said writing 2 sentences would be in more depth than what I wrote). But I would still contend that the real audience for the statement is other (more conservative) American Christians. Thats important. Just not that important for the rest of the world. An aside: the North American General Conference should amend the Discipline to always ensure that one of the 3 GS's must have a surname beginning with "A" - it works well for list of signatories such as this one.

servant said...

I thought that about the signatures as well!!!! :D

It's fantastic seeing a Wesleyan first on the list of such a document.

servant said...

By the way, here's the link to the discussion on my blog: