From the Jesus Creed: this link.
And quote from Scot McKnight:
“Andrew, though I disagree completely, for many defending Israel is close to the heart of evangelicalism.”
On this issue, I have a large amount of conflict. On the one hand, as a post-colonial theologian, I recognize the rights of all persons to self-determine what communities they belong, i.e., create nation-states, congregations, freedom of assembly/expression, yada yada. As a pacifist, I abhor most forms, okay, okay, all forms of nationalism, even if it is of yet-to-be country variety (like Palestine). I fully affirm a two state solution and the current borders as they stand. I know it is of no controversy to defend Israel’s right to defend itself, I mean, that’s the evangelical Christian line. I think Israel is best served defending itself (i.e., its reputation as a democracy) by becoming a decolonizing force in the world, as a republic–and respecting human rights. Maybe the United States, that shining light on a hill, could better persuade such action by dismantling its world-wide military installments. I stand by my post, 100% on Sunday; people should stop pretending they are pacifists (and condemning Israel for being violent) but defending President Obama’s war-mongering.
It is sickening and hypocritical.
Nonviolence is a matter of believing in the sanctity of life (another heart of evangelicalism)- you are either for us or against us. No middle ground.