Faith Leaders Urge Signing of 'Our Hope for Peace' Amid Violent Protests Over U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Alliance LogoThe Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem is urging individuals to sign “Our Hope for Peace: A Statement on Israel, the Nations and the Gospel” after deadly violence erupted in Gaza following the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The United States moved its embassy Monday afternoon – the day before the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel – sparking deadly clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli military.

“On December 6, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel,” said President Donald Trump in his video remarks at the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. “Today, we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.”

As the new embassy opened, Hamas, a terrorist organization that controls Gaza, provoked confrontation with Israel, resulting in the deaths of more than 50.

“It is disturbing to witness the violence erupting in Gaza protesting the move and to learn of the dozens killed,” said Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries and founding member of The Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem, in a press release. “Our prayers go out to the families of those who died and to the Israeli soldiers who are in harm’s way as well as those Israelis living on the border of Gaza who had to evacuate their homes.”

As tensions flared on Israel’s Gaza border, the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem – a group of key faith leaders, scholars, authors, and pastors across a variety of denominations and backgrounds – urged believers to pray and to sign on to its “Our Hope for Peace” statement, which includes 13 affirmations and 13 denials that outline what the Bible teaches on complex questions regarding peace in the Middle East.

Founded late last year, the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem is dedicated to facilitating a better public understanding of the complexities of the Middle East, including its roots in history and the Bible. The Alliance’s goal is to tell the story of Israel's role in the biblical narrative while also affirming God's concern for all peoples in the Middle East.

The 13 affirmations outlined in “Our Hope for Peace” include general biblical truths regarding Israel, the nations, and the Gospel, as well as statements addressing the present and future role of Israel in God’s biblical narrative. The 13 denials outlined address common incorrect theological beliefs often held by Christians and ethical dilemmas in regard to support of Israel as it relates to Palestine and the Middle East.

“Our Hope for Peace” seeks to be instructive about major biblical themes such as God’s faithfulness to His word; His commitments to those to whom original promises were made; the importance of Jesus Christ in the plan of God; the necessity for mission work to all people; and a commitment to reconciliation, peace, and justice that stands encased in how the people of God are called to live.

Leaders from around the world have signed “Our Hope for Peace” – including NRB’s president & CEO, Dr. Jerry  A. Johnson – and have invited others to provide their support through signing the document online.

“If there was ever a time to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, this would be it for we are in a unique moment in history,” said Joel C. Rosenberg, a New York Times best-selling author, dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, and founding member of the Alliance.

“Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peace-makers.’ Being a peacemaker means understanding that God is not ‘either/or.’ He’s ‘both/and.’ He loves all people on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and He commands us to do the same,” Rosenberg added in the press release.

To sign “Our Hope for Peace” or to find more information, visit JerusalemAlliance.com.

By NRB Staff

Published: May 17, 2018

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