A group of Christian leaders from Europe, North America and
Africa is calling on mainline Protestant Churches to end their
hostile opposition to Israel.
Consultation on Israel and the Middle East (PCIME) has
published a document, the Jerusalem Declaration, which encourages
churches to strengthen their stance with the state of Israel and
condemn the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the
Andrew Love is pastor of Grace St. Andrews United Church (affiliated
with the United Church of Canada). He is a representative of the
PCIME who tells OneNewsNow that churches need to rethink adopting
boycotts, divestment and sanction policies against Israel and
instead stand with the Jewish people.
"We come with a variety of concerns, but we share a very deep
concern," he shares. "The leadership within our national churches
and our denominations are increasingly not paying attention to the
concerns and aspirations of our brothers and sisters in the Jewish
Love acknowledges that many mainline denominations have wrongly
developed a "replacement theology" that creates a one-sided and
biased view about the complicated issues in the Middle East.
He notes "this idea that Jesus has somehow annulled the covenant
that God made with the Jewish people, and therefore the assumption
is that we no longer need to respect or embrace the covenant that
is so richly spoken of in the Hebrew Bible."
PCIME plans to reach out to congregations in the U.S. and Europe
to adopt the Jerusalem Declaration, bring parish missions to
Israel, and provide alternative information to the anti-Israel
reports and resolutions that are promoted by church