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Where is the Trouble in the Holy Land?

Many consider this to be the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and its theater throughout the Middle East, encompassing Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Israel proclaims itself as the Jewish State where Jews are automatically citizens. The other nations adhere to a militant Islam that equates Christianity with blasphemy.

These nations have generated a vortex of trouble and hatred that is sucking into it the money, attention and people of the United States of America - a distant land a hemisphere away whose national holiday is not Passover, nor Ramadan, but Christmas.

Certain Christians consider this trouble to be America's trouble because, they say, Israel and Palestine are the "Holy Land."

If by this they mean that this land contains the historical and archaeological sites of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then they are correct. Christians do not want some Taliban to destroy them, although no Christian believes that their destruction would detract one iota from the truth or reality of the risen Christ.

But if these Christians mean that the land's peoples continue to be "Holy", having a covenant with God, then they are not correct. The true descendants of Abraham, whether through Isaac or Ishmael, are those who profess faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 4:13-25

This land's peoples claim to be descendants of those who rejected Jesus Christ. Their own prophets knew that this rejection would remain a "rock of stumbling" for as long as it continued. Isaiah 8:14-15.

Jesus Christ proclaimed that his blood established a "new covenant". Luke 22:20 The Kingdom of God was to be given to a "new nation" producing the fruits of it. Matthew 21:43 The first Pope called them "a chosen race, a holy nation... God's people." 1 Peter 2:9-10.

These people are the Europeans. And for Christians, the "Holy Land" must be the land inhabited by these peoples, originally Europe, and then America and other lands colonized and held by European Christians. This Land includes Rome, after which is named Christ's Church on Earth, Constantinople, the eponymous city of Europe's first Christian ruler and Aachen, Belgium, whence ruled Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.

It came to include Britain, whose Great Charter was written by a Roman Catholic Bishop, Stephan Langdon. The British colonized America. Its United States led an alliance of Christian nations that defeated two most unholy enemies - Communism and Nazism.

This Holy Land expanded to cover much of the face of the Earth, so as to be able to contain the bountiful fruits of the Kingdom of God. Its far-flung outposts include Christchurch, New Zealand, and in English, Saint Francis, California and Saint Paul, Brazil.

Yet so many Christians seem unconcerned about these lands, and concern themselves with troubles in the lands of Judaism or Islam. Many American Christians allow this concern to distract them from the troubles in their own land - America.

These troubles in America are caused in almost every instance by America's denial of its Christian identity. Could the attacks of September 11 have occurred had America not welcomed Islamic immigrants? Would the attacks have occurred had not America involved itself in the conflict in the Middle East?

In the place of Christianity, our rulers have established a religion of "diversity" and a cult of "tolerance." Americans are encouraged to revere the Dali Lama. African-Americans are urged to embrace Kwanzaa. Countless aboriginal cultures are deemed worthy of respect.

But after two thousand years of European Christian civilization, these same rulers teach Americans to disrespect that heritage. Their revisionists mock Constantine as a political opportunist, deride Charlemagne as a dictator and defame Columbus as an oppressor.

The peoples of Islam and Judaism will fight for their religion and for their holy lands. But much less than fight for Jesus Christ, our rulers would have us be ashamed of Him. What then will become of the lands of Christianity? Once again, will the Son of Man have nowhere to lay his head? Is not this the real "Trouble in the Holy Land?"

Luke, Exilarch


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