The Palestinian Pursuit of “Justice”

As Christian Zionists, what are we to make of the Palestinian Pursuit of justice? Approximately 98% of Palestinians are Muslim, and their idea of justice is that Israel should be responsible for and reverse the Arab Al-Nakba (“Disaster”) of the 1948 War of Independence, from which the Jewish state was born. (That war was launched by the Arabs.)

The Palestinian Christian community has a dilemma. Though some define justice simply as decreasing IDF checkpoints that would allow them greater freedom of movement, most espouse a one-state solution in which Israel becomes “one state for two peoples and three religions.”

For the most part, Palestinians Christians deny a sovereign Jewish state for theological reasons, but are also not in favor of an authoritarian Islamic state. For that reason, some Palestinian Christian leaders draw apartheid comparisons to de-legitimize Israel.

On a national level, Scripture teaches that God is sovereign over nations. Likewise, Israel serves as a “light to the nations,”to show what it means to walk uprightly before God.

However, God has righteously dealt with Israel throughout history. In fact, according to Isaiah 40:1-3 and Jeremiah 16:18, God has exacted double payment for all their sin. Perhaps they have the legitimate “right” to cry for justice.

Ultimately, we can be sure that God will bring correction and justice to Israel and the nations.

Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.

~Jeremiah 30:10-11

Count on it: “Zion shall be redeemed with justice and Her penitents with righteousness.” (Isaiah 1:27)

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