Where were all the Christians?

By WND Staff

Now that the recent protest rallies of Hanan Ashrawi (the Palestinian terror apologist who spoke at two Colorado campuses on the anniversary of 9-11) are behind us, I’m still asking myself: Where were all the Christians?

The optimist in me wanted to believe they were at home studying their Bibles. You know, the dozens of passages that tell the believer to bless the Jews, bless the land, comfort My people, love good and hate evil, and so on. The New Testament teaches us that “faith without works is dead.” In other words, what benefit is a belief system if it’s never implemented!

So where were all the Christians?

Why were the Jews virtually alone on the front lines during the rallies?

The fact that thousands of Christians all over Colorado allowed Hanan Ashrawi to come and seed their children with her lies and terrorist propaganda is reprehensible.

Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Boulder had every right to invite Ms. Ashrawi – as gross a judgment as it was – but where were all the Christians?

Decades after the Holocaust, the Christian world came to realize its role in allowing the genocide to unfold. Through the years, the Church has made numerous attempts to be forgiven not only for turning a blind eye, but giving its blessing for one of history’s worst atrocities.

Once again, we have reached the pinnacle of another war against the Jews and, I’m sorry to say, it looks as though all those Christian apologies were as empty as the church buses that failed to showed up at the rallies last week.

With the exception of two pro-Israel Christian denominations in Denver and Colorado Springs, no other Christian organizations came forward to stand with the Jews, to support Israel and her war against Palestinian terror. No other Christian groups came to defend the United States, freedom or truth – and honor those who were murdered by Islamic terrorists one year ago.

Perhaps amidst all the activities that benefit the Christian community – like building expansions, seminars, bake sales, retreats, revivals and the like – Christians have forgotten the one thing that separates them from the rest of the world. Jesus said the greatest command was to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This includes the Jews too. To “love one another as I have loved you,” He gave His life for us. Are we prepared to do as he did and give our lives for truth, for our brothers and sisters, the Jews and His Holy Land? Or will fear of threats, reprisal, politics and our own greed be the excuse we will give to the Father at the final judgment?

One example of “convenient faith” came from one of Denver’s largest multicultural churches. No doubt one of the more financially successful Christian institutions – with a $13 million facility, its own airplane and a limousine. It claims to have over 12,000 members, to be pro-Israel, has sponsored several pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and has an entire department dedicated to the teaching of Hebrew roots and Torah studies. After receiving an invitation to participate in the rally, they declined for, “political reasons.” Another high-profile international Christian ministry in Colorado Springs stated they were not interested in participating in this sort of thing.

What would Jesus do? Probably tell them, “It would be easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter through the gates of Heaven.” Or, maybe He would tell them, “For if someone is ashamed of Me and what I say in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when he comes before the Father’s Glory.”

Whatever the reasons for not wanting to participate in defending truth and supporting the Jews, I’m sure Christians will work it out with God at some point in the near future. I’m almost sure of that because of the fact that the very people who are threatening the Jews will eventually come to threaten Christian lives, faith and freedom.

Christians feared the Nazis more than they feared God. They were afraid to speak up, or too busy to get involved. Now we fear militant Islamic terrorists. Are Christians once again, through apathy and denial, creating fertile ground for a Holocaust all over again? Is the greater force – fear – dominating our shame of World War II?

Ms. Ashrawi has speaking engagements on campuses all over the United States. I pray the Church wake up.

In Genesis 12:3, God promises the Jews, “I will bless those who bless you and curse anyone who curses you; and by you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Katy Whelan is a freelance writer and pro-Israel Christian activist.