In 1947 the United Nations created a plan of partition for the region known as Palestine which created separate independent Arab and Jewish states. The following year the Jewish Agency established the State of Israel and they have been on a bloody land grab ever since.
Christians and Jews both consider this region holy and sacred ground and Jerusalem is the ruby in the golden crown. Here is the problem, a problem that has existed since the days of Abraham, the religion of Islam believes this is holy and sacred ground as well and Jerusalem is the home of the third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Yesterday, press outlets across the globe reported that Trump would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that we would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As you would expect the news of this decision wasn’t taken well in the Muslim world. Trump campaigned on taking this action, as did George Bush and Bill Clinton. The difference, both Bush and Clinton figured out very quickly that the political realities of such a transaction could and would be devastating and destructive to peace in the region, not The Donald.
It would be easy to view this from 10,000 feet and assume the Jewish people are driving this decision but you would be wrong. American Evangelical Christians want this to happen, they are the driving force. You see Jerusalem isn’t about the Jews or Islam it is about Jesus.
Jesus was taken to Jerusalem as a child and presented at the Temple. He preached and healed in Jerusalem. He cleansed the Temple in Jerusalem. He rode a donkey into Jerusalem. He held the Last Supper in Jerusalem and he was “crucified dead and buried” in Jerusalem. This is about bus loads of old white Evangelical Christians wearing socks and sandals and Bermuda shorts from Florida coming to walk on the sacred ground of Jesus before they meet the Man himself. These are people whispering in Trumps ear.
To say this is a bad decision would be an understatement and to allow a mental midget like Trump to make a decision like this for the rest of the world, devastating. Trump has no clue what this region means to the three largest religions in the world. This from the man who tweeted; “The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son.” which implies that Joseph impregnated the virgin Mary and was the father of Jesus. I missed that narrative in my Bible. Maybe that is the way Trump’s kindergarten picture Bible tells the story.
Make no mistake about it this decision has nothing to do with peace, Jews or Muslims and everything to do with the white Evangelical Christians that got Trump elected. He is not smart enough to understand what the repercussions and consequences of a decision like this are, no clue. But he is about to learn, and we are all about to find out.
The propaganda from the Christian right: We American Christians Welcome Trump’s Obedience to God’s Word on Jerusalem