A Balanced Perspective on the Middle East
The latest issue runs head-on into the panoply of issues clouding discussion over the Middle East and American foreign policy in the region. The Rockford Institute, publisher of Chronicles, will also be releasing a book examining the issue in more detail. You may have to look around for a newsstand that sells Chronicles, though you might easily find an issue of National Review to put on the bottom of the bird cage, but it will be worth your time.
Here is one gem from Aaron Wolf writing about Christian Zionists:
The Republican Party, so heavily influenced by the neoconservatives, is happy to cultivate the dispensationalist evangelicals, both through the promise of promoting their “moral values” and through tough talk about “terrorists”—where terrorist is often a synonym for Palestinian. A strange and perverse symbiosis exists between many politicians, who promise the moon to evangelicals, and popular evangelical leaders, who are so eager for access to the corridors of power that they are willing to compromise again and again on those “moral values” issues (“gay marriage,” abortion, euthanasia) in order to stay in the loop…
If we are to remove the obstacle of Christian Zionism, we must encourage and support the efforts of those evangelical theologians who are earnestly seeking to reform evangelical eschatology in favor of a view that both takes the Bible seriously and places emphasis on the crucified and risen Christ (Who will, indeed come again), not on the state of Israel. Furthermore, we must make every effort to expose the relationships among the Likud, the neoconservatives, and the Christian Zionist leadership and the cynical ways in which they seek to manipulate faithful evangelicals into supporting their secularist goals—goals that have nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, from which Evangelicals derive their name. Evangelicals must be brought to the conclusion that it is through the Church and the Gospel, not through the Republican Party, that God’s purposes on earth are furthered.
I also see in the current issue an advertisement for a book called, “Neo-Conned! Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq.” I see that there are Catholic (Buchanan, Sobran, Wanniski, Fleming), Jewish (Gottfried), and non-Christian (Francis) writers represented. What they need is a thoughtful Protestant contribution. I nominate this guy.