How to Love the Middle East with 'Light Force'
- Thursday, November 11, 2004
JC: Is there anything else you would like to say about the book?
AJ: I want to reiterate the point that the purpose of this book and the purpose of the ministry of Brother Andrew and Open Doors is to strengthen the church where it’s struggling for survival and I believe with Brother Andrew that the church could die in Israel and Christians are still trying to leave. It’s a terrible situation to live in. Is your family there, unemployment in the Gaza area is 70%, not much better in the West Bank area. The future is not good, but if the church dies, what’s the hope? We believe that we must do anything that we can to strengthen the church so that it can be a stronger light in the midst of the darkness. I don’t believe there’s a political solution to the conflict there. We’ve tried for years. But have we really tried to share and shine the love of Jesus Christ in the midst of this and probably the heart of the book for me is the stories that we tell of Palestinian believers and messianic Jews coming together at the foot of the cross. That they agree on their differences and their theology and their politics, no. But they come to realize that we are citizens together of another kingdom and at that point we can reconcile and the world has to see that. And I think we in the west need to be praying for that and as God leads we need to support and encourage those kinds of efforts.
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