Christians of the Holy Land

CBS News has a really important report about the impending demise of Christianity in the ‘Holy Land’.  Of course it’s been a topic of discussion before but no one, especially the Washington toadies of the ‘Christian Zionists’, seems to care.

The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population, Bob Simon reports. Why are they leaving? For some, life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult.

Christianity may have been born in the Middle East, but Arab Christians have never had it easy there, especially not today. In Iraq and Egypt, scores of churches have been attacked, hundreds murdered. In Syria, revolution seriously threatens Christian communities. The one place where Christians are not suffering from violence is the Holy Land: but Palestinian Christians have been leaving in large numbers for years. So many, the Christian population there is down to less than two percent, and the prospect of holy sites, like Jerusalem and Bethlehem, without local Christians is looming as a real possibility.

This is what the Holy Land looks like today. Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. Nazareth, where he grew up. Jerusalem, where he died and where Christians believe he was resurrected. Nazareth is inside the state of Israel. Bethlehem is on the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Christian section of Jerusalem is also under Israeli control.

Please, go read the report.   Our Palestinian brothers and sisters in Christ are being forced from their land.  We owe it to them to care.  We owe it to them!  With thanks to Daniel Stoddart on G+ for the tip.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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1 Response to Christians of the Holy Land

  1. joe says:

    This is true and sad very sad. Friday I was guiding in Bethlehem, family had a meeting with church fathers in a part of Bethlehem I had never visited, the church of the Salesians. Area was a different world, clean as a whistle in a part of the world where trash is the norm, was as if I went back a century or ago, everything painted white, quiet, a place of serenity. The people there live a different life style, true sense of community. If they leave, we all lose.

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