Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mennonite Church
Unhappy Israel
Will Not
Meet With
Ahmadinejad


We Christians ignored the plight of our Jewish brothers and sisters in the days leading up to the Holocaust. As I was growing up, I was led to believe, by my fellow Christians, that they were deeply sorry for the fact that they had done almost nothing to stop the Holocaust of the Jews.

Now, I sit and watch the same types of events unfolding and I see that, once again, my fellow Christians are doing nothing to put a stop to the inevitable unfolding of events.

In fact, the situation is even worse than that. For my fellow Christians are not merely doing nothing. No, they are condemning the Jews for not submitting their necks to the gallows.

It was people like us who beat Christ along the Via de la Rosa. It was people like us who stood and laughed as the Jewish Messiah was mocked and whipped. It was people like us who drove the nails into his hands and feet.

And, we are still doing it 2000 years later.

Yes, the Mennonite Church has the audacity to condemn Israel for not wanting to sit down and talk with Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; the man who repeatedly calls for Israel to be "wiped off the map." (Thanks to Yid With Lid):


The Mennonite Church has never been a big supporter of Israel. A more realistic appraisal would be to say they have always taken the Palestinian side, never recognizing any Palestinian culpability for the violence. For example here is parts of a press release the Church issued in 2006.



Since occupying East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967, Israel - in clear
violation of international law - has built more than 200 settlements on
Palestinian land, providing housing for nearly 500,000 Israeli settlers. An
intricate system of bypass roads, tunnels and checkpoints further isolate
Palestinian villages from each other.

"We are seeing a process of squeezing the Palestinians that remain into
as small an area as possible," Israeli peace activist Amos Gvirtz told the
delegation. He said that the Israeli government, in a very deliberate fashion,
continues to claim more Palestinian land and demolish Palestinian homes, even
during the peace process.

No mention of why the security, no discussion of the terrorist acts that preceded the checkpoints--only the "suffering" of the Palestinians.Last week when the Iranian President Ahm-ashithead was visiting the US the Mennonite Church organized a little meeting between their Iranian friend and US Church leaders of all kinds. The were a bit Miffed that no Jew wanted wanted to attend.

Mennonites Organize Meeting With Ahmadinejad, Again



Prominent Christian leaders recently showed deference to the leader of a
regime that murders its opponents and practices Jew-bating on an international
scale at a low-profile meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The
meeting was organized by the Mennonite Central Committee, a group which, like
Ahmadinejad, openly questions the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish State in the
Middle East.

While attendees went out of their way to extend courtesies to
Ahmadinejad, one participant obliquely chided Jewish leaders in the U.S. for
refusing to participate in “dialogue” with a Holocaust denier who has called for
Israel to be
wiped off the map.

The leaders met with the Iranian president after he addressed the
United Nations on September 26. According to
The New York Times, Albert Lobe, executive director of the
Mennonite Central committee told Ahmadinejad “We meant to extend to you the
hospitality which a head of state deserves.”

Lobe’s obsequiousness was an apparent counterpoint to the treatment
Ahmadinejad received at Columbia University on Sept. 24, when the school’s
president Lee Bollinger called him “
a petty and cruel dictator.”

According to a report from the Church of the Brethren News Service, Ahmadinejad took questions from a panel that included a Quaker, a Catholic, an Anglican, a Baptist and a representative the World Council of Churches. The New York Times reports that the audience comprised of “about 140 religious leaders.” The paper also reported that the event organizers had tried to find a “Jewish leader to join the panel of questioners, but that those invited declined because they could not win support from Jewish organizations.”



The refusal of Jewish groups to participate in the dialogue prompted
oblique criticism from Ellen McNish, general secretary of the American Friends
Service Committee. McNish told The New York Times that her “heart was broken
that there was so little support from other religions to be here.” She also
stated that “If we don’t walk down this path of dialogue, we’re going to end up
in a conflagration.”

But while there was oblique criticism of Jewish leaders for refusing to
participate, Iranian officials got a pass for insisting that representatives of
the Baha’i faith be denied access to the meeting. According to The New York
Times, representatives of the Baha’i faith, a persecuted religious minority in
Iran, supported efforts at dialogue even though they were not allowed to attend
the Sept. 26 event. The New York Times reported that “the Iranian side refused
to come if the Bahais were there, said Kit Bigelow, director of external
affairs, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of the United States.”

The meeting took place under tight security at the Interfaith Tillman
Chapel near the United Nations in New York City. The New York Times described
the meeting as “a friendly, even warm, exchange.” The Times also reported “Given
the furor over Ahmadinejad’s earlier appearances, there was no advance
publicity.”


This is not the first time the MCC has facilitated a meeting of Christian leaders with Ahmadinejad. In February, the MCC organized a meeting with the Iranian President in Teheran. The delegation held a press conference in Washington, D.C. upon its return to the U.S. Christian leaders reportedly challenged Ahmadinejad about his anti-Semitic statements, but their complaints had little apparent effect. Four days after the delegation's meeting Ahmadinejad appeared in Sudan, where according to Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran's official news service), he said "Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan."

One troubling aspect of these repeated meetings with Ahmadinejad is that they were organized by the Mennonite Central Committee, an organization that has openly and repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish State in the Middle East.


(Read the whole thing at Yid With Lid.)

So, what are you going to do, my fellow Christians? Are you going to put down the hammer with which you drive the nails into your Jewish God, or are you going to continue to crucify your savior for as long as He will forgive you?

Remember, He said, "As you do unto the least of these, you have done to me." Do you not think that when you treat the Jews as if they were occupying foreigners in their own homeland that you are doing a terrible deed unto the least of these? Are you really so confused? Are you really so twisted by sin?

Apparently so.

You should not test the Lord your God. You should know that He will not be mocked. You should know that "the gifts and calling of the Lord are irrevocable."


(The Book of Romans, Chapter 11)

I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.
Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?

"Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE."

But what is the divine response to him? "I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL."

In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God's gracious choice.

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;

just as it is written,

"GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,
EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT,
DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY."

And David says,

"LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,
AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM.
"(O)LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT,
AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER."

I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.

Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!

But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,

do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.

You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."

Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.


Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

and so all Israel will be saved;
just as it is written,

"THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,
HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB."
"THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM,
WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS."

From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers;

for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.