Palestinian children compelled to participate in a Hamas military parade. Photo: Twitter.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.“
Luke 6:27-28 — English Standard Version
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48 — English Standard Version
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:14 — King James Version
Are we true disciples of Jesus Christ? Do we in truth make Jesus the Lord of our lives? I am thankful and truly, deeply appreciate the Bible-teaching, Bible-preaching, Bible-centered church my wife and I were led to by the Spirit of God, after years of searching and at times believing all churches professing to be Christian, are, in truth, just shells, vestures, lies of what they profess as they are consumed by the worlds doctrines, the worlds teachings and self-driven ungodly men and women and their ways taking precdence over the word, over God, over Jesus, over the Holy Spirit.
That said, in a Sunday morning adult Bible class my wife and attend prior to the morning service it was not until the pastor leading that Bible class admonished the entire class that prayer requests went from self-driven, asking for prayers only for themselves, for relatives, for friends, for those they know in our church. And these prayer requests became reduced down to where individuals were asking that in the coporate prayers offered up in class time that someone with the flu be prayed for, that it became incidentla, self-centered, small in the asking. Selfish in the asking.
And we needed to be strongly admonished. It was ridiculous. Not holy. Not Scriptural.
Since the pastor admonished our class? An amazing thing. People can actually think beyond themselves, their lives and the small bubble of folks, friends and relatives they know.
The pastor chastised us to think broader, bigger, more in keeping with Scripture, to get beyond ourselves and pray as we ought.
Since then? The prayer requests are to pray for all the leaders, all those in high places in our government, in governments around the world. To pray for believers we do not know, almost certainly will not ever know until if we fight the good fight to the end will perhaps come to know in heaven, that are being persecuated daily. Each minute of every hour. Losing their heads. Being incarcerated. Having their homes and churches burnt to the ground. Being tortured, whipped, outcasts. Having their wives and daughters raped. And on and on it goes by the minute, by the hour, by the day. Without let up and only increasing in the depth and breadth of the persecutions.
If we are truly disciples of Jesus Christ, if we truly live to make Jesus the Lord of our lives? We will then pray for our enemies. We will pray for those who hate us, spit on us, persecute us, spitefully use us.
We will pray for our lost, walking in utter darkness, stiff-necked, scales over their eyes Jewish friends, for all the Jewish people not acknowledging the Messiah has been here once. And He, Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, from the line of King David, of a virgin, as prophesized in every book of the Bible begining in Genesis, has been here. It is Jesus. Only Jesus. And He is coming back a second time, one more time just as the word tells us.
The nation of Israel has prospered greatly. Turning a desert into an oasis, into farmland, orchards, gardens and farms. They have progressed greatly in nearly 72 years (on May 14th it will offically be that long) since becoming a nation once again, after having their land taken from them for millennia.
Let us pray daily for our Jewish neighbors, friends and all Jews living around the world and especially those within Israel.
Let us also pray for those people calling themselves Palestinians. Let us pray especially for all people enslaved and adhering to, following the misleading and errant belief of Islam. Let us pray for all the adults, and let us pray for the children.
Indoctrination, brainwashing, propaganda when permitted, when believed, when followed only leads to death. Eternal death.
There is a vast, oh such a chasm between them, of TEACHING children and TEACHING, INSTRUCTING people well and in sound doctrines, in the truth — and in indoctrinating, brainwashing and utilizing propaganada to create a generation, or generations to follow blindly, near universally the evil poured into them from birth.
Let us not fall prey to the lie that whatever a person strongly believes, strongly follows is just a form of brainwashing, indoctrination or propaganda.
Those who finally hear, see and come to acknowledge and know the Lord are first and foremost called by Him. NOT brainwashed, not indoctrinated, not a by-product of a concerted propaganda effort. Millions have attended churches, Sunday schools and such that openly, vehemently reject God, reject Jesus, reject the Holy Spirit, reject the Bible.
Such is not the same where true brainwashing, indoctrination and propaganda exists. If in doubt? Examine history. Examine the facts. Search the truth.
What is taking place within so-called Palestinian schools, the Palestinian government (led by Hamas contrary to the misinformation broadcast and written by the majority of media and press) goes beyond the defintions of reprehensible, abuse and misguided.
Pray for Israel and our Jewish friends. Pray they turn from their secular ways, their seeking pleasure ways, and to those blindly awaiting the Messiah, who have denied the Messiah, Jesus Christ, pray there are those in that number who come to see and know the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Pray for the peoples called the Palestinians. Pray those among their number come out of the darkness and into the light of the Truth, the Way, the Life, and the Light that is Christ Jesus and the Holy inerrant living word of God.
Pray for the children of this world. That they not fall prey to brainwashing, indoctrination and propaganda (the lies) and are not kept in the snare of Satan and his servants appearing as angels of light.
Earnestly, abundantly, fervently, big and deep.
Do not istake or misunderstand — in writing this I am not stating we ought not pray for those we love, those we know, those we are related to friends with, so on. Certainly let us pray for those in your life — but pray all the more, perhaps foremost, with great conviction of heart, for those considered an enemy. Those who hate you. Those who persecute you. Those who spitefully use you, lie to you, and treat you like just one more thing on the dung pile. Pray most certainly, earnestly and with deep conviction of pure heart, pure love as Christ loves us who were also His enemy, we were one who persecuted Him, spitefully used Him, His name in vain, denying Him. And He, Jesus Christ the Lord, the Son of God, God Himself come to earth bore our sins, the humiliation, the pain, the suffering, the torture — and most of all? He bore being separated from the Father, Who cannot have any part in sin. That agony, that hurt our Lord most of all. Let each of us keep that truth, bear these things in mind daily, continually, and may we sacrifice, show the love of Christ in us for others — especially for those we know or call our enemies, who we know use us and hate us, and those who persecute us.
What comes here? No matter what? Passes. This, all of it, even the 6,000 plus years of history passes. Is but a vapor compared to eternity.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
ACP — A Crooked Path
Telling the Truth About Palestinian Child Soldiers
March 8, 2020
By McKenna Bates
Reprinted from: The Algemeiner
There are many things about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that the media focuses on, and almost all are bad about Israel. However, a few things that really should be focused on tend to be swept under the rug and ignored. Now, however, a new advocacy campaign intends to spotlight one of those things: Palestinian child soldiers.
This new campaign attempts to expose the plight of Palestinian children, who are often used as emotional and physical leverage, and even as vessels through which to fight the IDF.
According to The Jerusalem Post, over 30 Palestinian children and teens were enlisted in stabbing attacks against Israelis from 2015-2016; 29 Palestinian children have been successfully used as suicide bombers (with a few dozen more attempts being thwarted); and over 17,000 Palestinian children were recruited into Hamas child militia programs in 2019.
Palestinian children are encouraged to be the main force throwing rocks and other objects at Israeli soldiers, and to stand in front during protests that very often turn violent. More horrible still, the average pay that a child (or their family guardian) receives for such work is only $83.
Utilizing children as human shields and as bomb carriers is unethical and abhorrent, and yet this issue is rarely talked about or brought up, except in the effort to demonize Israel.
The world watched as Ahed Tamimi was released from detainment, but very few news sources questioned why she was there in the first place. Very few blinked when it was discovered that UNWRA had approved textbooks that included rampant incitement, blood libels, and blatant propaganda for use in schools in Gaza, the Palestinian territories, and even East Jerusalem. And the many Palestinian children’s television programs that call for violence against Jews and spread propaganda continue to be aired with little scrutiny.
It’s time to expose these horrible practices, and educate the public about the real situation in Israel.
The hope is that if this issue is brought wholly into the public discourse, real change can be enacted, and more Palestinian children can be saved from their horrible fates. For if we all truly do care about the plight of Palestinian children, we’ll call out the abuse that their own government forces upon them and try to change their situation for the better.
McKenna Bates is a CAMERA Fellow at George Mason University.