Another Palestinian perspective

Amazing timing: “Christ at the Checkpoint” ended two days ago and tonight I met a Palestinian Christian leader who supports Israel and completely rejects the replacement theology that undergirded that whole CatC conference. Steven Khoury grew up in a Christian family in Jerusalem and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers as a kid during the first Intifada. He was finally confronted by too many scriptures to keep going in that direction—scriptures that commanded him to love his neighbor and forgive his enemies, and also scriptures that spoke of God’s unchanging love and promises toward the Jewish people. Steven turned away from his anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes and today, along with his father Dr. Naim Khoury, is one of very few Palestinian Christians who openly support Israel as a Jewish state. They have encountered tremendous opposition and pressure because of this stance, which is based on deep biblical conviction–beatings,  bombings, and harassment.

Steven told me that just yesterday, a representative of the Palestinian authority showed up at his father’s church in Bethlehem and told him that they no longer considered his church to be legitimate and would not accept any of their paperwork in the future. The PA left it unsaid that this was about the Khourys’ support for Israel.

We need to  pray for the Khourys and stand with them as they seek to reach their own people for Yeshua, and spread a fully-orbed biblical message that honors the people of Israel as well. Check out www.holylandmissions.org and an article at umjc.org that mentions them as well: http://umjc.org/home-mainmenu-1/news-mainmenu-40/1-latest/754-israeli-commentary-on-qchrist-at-the-checkpointq.

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8 thoughts on “Another Palestinian perspective”

  1. This word needs to get out – thanks for posting. Will keep the Khoury’s in prayer. Please let us know what else, if anything, can be done to help.

  2. Thanks Rosh Pina. Just to clarify, my comment, “Amazing timing,” referred to meeting Steven Khoury immediately after the close of CATC, not to the closing of his father’s church at the same time. I’ll let readers draw their own conclusions about that.

  3. Since you claim that you really care about Christians, what did you to help the Messianics in ‘Israel’? We both know that they are being persecuted, insulted, get death threats and even bombs at their homes… how did you help and protect them? how did you pressure the Zionist entity to protect them?

    We also know that missionaries are illegal in the Zionist Entity, and it’s illegal to convert a Jewish to Christianity in the only democracy in the Middle East and that they will take you to jail or kick you out of the country. what did you do about this?

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

    1. The organization I serve, the UMJC, has openly stood with Israeli Messianic Jews for years in many different ways. Although these folks are not missionaries, but Jewish Israelis who follow Yeshua, it’s not true that missionaries are illegal in the state of Israel, nor that “it’s illegal to convert a Jewish to Christianity,” as you write. Messianic Jews do get harassed and threatened, and one family was even bombed in their home, but the bomber has been prosecuted by the state of Israel. The legal rights of Messianic Jews in Israel are protected, although the authorities are often too slow to act. For this reason Messianic Jews in the USA, like the bulk of UMJC membership, have spoken out openly in support of our fellow believers in Israel, and will continue to do so if need be.

    2. Jacko Nman, your post seems to avoid the point and divert to a separate matter. The question I think we all wonder about – why did Salaam Fayaad’s government persecute a specific, Israel supporting Christian church in Bethlehem just days after he was a speaker at Christ at the Checkpoint, a conference to strengthen Palestinian Christianity. What do you think should be done about that?

    3. One more thought, Jacko (aka Falasteen Boy): When Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria, the policy of the government was to close all Jewish and Christian holy sites. I think you probably know that during the control by Jordan, the Jewish gravesites on the Mount of Olives were horribly desecrated. After the Six-Day war, when these lands came back under the control of Israel, the Israeli government opened up churches and holy sites. Things improved for Christians and Jews significantly under the Israeli government. We just need to be sure to provide the full context of the situation, not just slices.

  4. We all need to recognize the Holy One of Israel, and the Divine Reversal that enables neighbors and brothers to demonstrate the attributes that allow us to live in Peace. Without that recognition, without taking the teaching of Yeshua in its full context of Hebrew scriptures, we will continue to make noise like clanging gongs.

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