One of the world’s leading Christian Evangelical organizations is targeting Christian support for the State of Israel in what it calls a sinful practice, Israel Today first reported.
The Lausanne Movement has decried Christian Zionism in the past and its newest anti-Israel campaign is not new.
“For over 60 years, many Evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism,” wrote Steve Haas, vice presidents of World Vision US, in the latest issue of Lausanne Global Analysis.
Haas compared Christian Zionists to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.
As a whole, the Lausanne movement has developed a negative obsession with Israel over the last several years. Senior leaders within Lausanne espouse the idea what Israel, the Jewish state, is the chief persecutor of Christians and other peoples in the Middle East.
One such example is the “Cape Town Commitment,” published by Lausanne in a gathering in South African in 2010. The document calls on Christians to repent for their direct role in “Palestinian suffering” by supporting Israel.
The movement equated “Palestinian suffering” at the hands of Israel with the suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust.
Lausanne repeatedly makes little mention of Christian suffering under radical Islamists, while Israel and international Zionists are slammed for what the movement believes is a tyrannical rule in the Middle East.
Lausanne is not the only Christian organization that preaches against Israel. Recently, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) voted on a measure that called for removing the word “Israel” from its prayers.
While the resolution was ultimately rejected, the sentiment behind the removal of any mention of “Israel” was not missed. An active supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS), PCUSA has passed several anti-Israel measures and encourages its followers to stem all support to the State of Israel.
Editor: To read a “Letter to the Editor” response from the CEO of the Lausanne Movement, click here.