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Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian Discipleship—a narrow road

Two girls in the West Bank. Photo: World Vision

Two girls in the West Bank.
Photo: World Vision

by Craig Swanby, World Vision Advocacy Associate for Israel/Palestine

Becoming an advocate for dignity, peace, and reconciliation in the Holy Land is a narrow and painful road, but it’s the most fruitful arena for discipleship I’ve ever experienced.

If you want to be Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian you must forgive. There have been wrongs and atrocities committed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Through conversations with friends, through media, or a personal experience, we’ve seen great sin. But we must find a way to forgive as we have been forgiven.

If you want to be Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian you must have limitless compassion. Forgiveness is important, but it is not enough. We must begin to feel and understand the hurts, vulnerabilities, and aspirations of all people of the Holy Land. There is a lot of pain in these people. We must find strength in Christ to share their burdens and let compassion be the spirit and motivation for action.

If you want to be Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian you must have hope. Many have given up on this conflict, and even the entire region, but I do not believe Christians are afforded this privilege. As the birthplace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the place of his ministry in teaching, healing, works of justice, and the ultimate work of reconciliation, we must have hope and confidence in what we do not yet see.

To genuinely become Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinians is to walk down the narrow and painful road of discipleship; we invite you to join us.

Join our call on December 16, 2013 at 2:00pm PT/5:00pm ET to learn more about Christians in the Holy Land and join us in prayer for the Holy Land through the Prayers for Peace initiative. We will be led by Mae Elise Cannon, Senior Director of Advocacy & Outreach – Middle East for World Vision USA, and Dale Hanson Bourke, author of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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