Saturday, December 22, 2012

Israeli-linked Facebook page says Palestinians would lynch Jesus if He lived in Bethlehem today

A news item in the UK Daily Mail caught my attention

"The Israeli embassy in Dublin has apologised for a post on its Facebook page which said if Mary and Jesus were alive in Bethlehem today Palestinians would probably lynch them. The post, which was made on the Israel in Ireland Facebook page, showed a picture of Mary and Jesus. It was accompanied by the comment: 'A thought for Christmas... If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians."

The Daily Mail grabbed a screen shot before the post was removed:
RT.com (Russia Today) reported the story too:

"Israel’s diplomatic corps finds itself in hot water after posting an inflammatory message on an official Facebook page. Although the message has now been deleted, this is not the first time Israel has used social media to post controversial views. The message appeared on the IsraelinIreland Facebook page – which is linked to on the official embassy site – on Monday morning. ... The message sparked immediate heated debate, but was taken down within hours.
“An image of Jesus and Mary with a derogatory comment about Palestinians was posted without the consent of the administrator of the Facebook page. We have removed the post in question immediately. Apologies to anyone who may have been offended,” said an official statement from the Israeli embassy in Dublin"
"Since then, the IsraelinIreland page has been shut down altogether, and the link on the official website has been removed. This was not the first time the account, which is updated by unnamed embassy staff, broadcast strong opinions."

Is a 'derogatory comment' inflammatory if it is true?

Jesus has always brought controversy. When He was born, Herod sought to kill Him. (Matthew 2:16). The Pharisees & Sadducees sought to kill Him. (Mark 3:6). His own Nazarene townspeople sought to kill Him. (Luke 4:29). Eventually, the government and the religious establishment did kill Him. (Matthew 27:50).

As Charles Spurgeon preached, "And many times Satan attempted to put the personal existence of Christ in danger, so that he might get Christ to die. Poor fool as he was, he did not know that when Christ died he would bruise the devil’s head."

Jesus brings a sword, and division- even in families. (Matthew 10:34-35). He always has.

Voice of the Martyrs reports, "In more than 40 nations around the world today Christians are being persecuted for their faith. In some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus."

Some of those nations which persecute Christians are Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza, and Egypt- all abutting nations to Israel. If the Arabs and Muslims IN the Holy Lands kill Christians for preaching Christ, then what makes anyone think they wouldn't kill Christ if they had a chance? After all, it was only one month ago that we read that Palestinians were protesting in Bethlehem in an Anti-Israel fervor

"Anti-Israel protests erupted in the West Bank Tuesday as Palestinians took to the streets and clashed with IDF troops. The worst clashes took place in Bethlehem and Hebron, where IDF soldiers used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse stone-throwers. Scores of Palestinians hurled stones and empty bottles at soldiers near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem." [bold mine]


Political correctness is reaching stupid levels. We should pray harder for the Christians who live in the dangerous places and who boldly proclaim their Savior amidst a harsh reality and potential repercussions.

We praise Him that He came to die and rise again so that we may live eternally, even if we die bodily.

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