Guest post by Kevin Brown
Today we are fasting and praying all day long. We are fasting for the peace of Israel and the peace of Palestine. Regardless of your theology and end-time position on the recent events in the Holy Land, no position could support the deaths of innocent Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the wall. The people who are experiencing the violence and witnessing the deaths that are escalating in that part of the world need, at the very least, our prayers.
I love Israel. I love the people and the rich heritage from which my savior was born. I have visited there several times. But I also love Bethlehem, Palestine, the West Bank region and those who live in that part of the world. One of the greatest conflicts of heart for us as followers of Christ is to live out the “Great Commandment” and the “Great Commission”. The great commandment calls us to arm ourselves with love by loving the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and strength — but it also commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. A teacher of the law hoping to catch Jesus in this “conflict of love” asked Him, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ response (Luke 10:29-37) to the teacher is one that we should understand and seek to live out today. Read more