THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL SABEEL CONFERENCE STATEMENT
"CHALLENGING CHRISTIAN ZIONISM"
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme
ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace
We further reject
the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations with
extremist elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are
presently seeking to impose their unilateral preemptive strategies and
militaristic rule over others, including Palestine and Iraq. As a result of the
Rather than condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon everyone to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and occupation and instead to pursue the healing of the world. We call upon Christians in churches on every continent to prayerfully remember the suffering of the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom are victims of policies of occupation and militarism. These policies are reviving a system of apartheid that is turning Palestinian cities, towns and villages into impoverished ghettos surrounded by exclusively Jewish colonies. The recent construction of the Israeli wall on Palestinian land precludes a viable Palestinian state.
Therefore, we commit ourselves to the following principles as an alternative way (Sabeel):
· We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and called to honor the dignity and respect the equal rights of every human being.
· We call upon people of good will everywhere to reject the theology of Christian Zionism and all parallel religious and ideological fundamentalisms that privilege particular people at the expense of others.
· We are committed to the power of non-violent resistance to defeat the occupation and attain a just and lasting peace.
· With renewed urgency we warn that the theology of Christian Zionism is leading to the moral justification of empire, colonization, apartheid, and oppression.
Moreover, we affirm that a just and lasting peace in
Sabeel's vision embraces
two sovereign states,
This is where Sabeel takes its stand. We will stand for justice. We can do no other. Justice alone guarantees a peace that will lead to reconciliation and a life of security and prosperity for all the peoples of our land. By standing on the side of justice, we open ourselves to the work of peace -- and working for peace makes us children of God.
God demands that justice be done. No enduring peace, security, or reconciliation is possible without the foundation of justice. The demands of justice will not disappear. The struggle for justice must be pursued diligently and persistently but non-violently.
"What does the Lord require of you, to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
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