With God On Our Side
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The first obvious challenge of With God On Our Side was articulating a perspective on the Middle East debate anchored in history and sound theology. Porter Speakman has not only met that test, but also delivered one of the clearest assessments of the struggle between Palestinians and Jews, and a US Church largely unaware of their complicity in the current conflict. Speakman s second more ominous challenge will be obtaining an audience, often steeped with established notions, open to wrestling with the film s content. The hope of an ongoing Christian presence in the Holy Land may depend on the success of his message... I dare anyone to see this film and remain unchanged. --Steven W. Haas Vice President/Chief Catalyst World Vision United States
This film is informative, it s inspiring, it s challenging and it summarizes in brilliant fashion, what the problem is and what needs to change in order to solve the problem. I don t know of anything quite like it - and I would have to say the church desperately needs it. --Tony Campolo
4 out of 5 stars! ...Christian Zionism is officially on notice...Whether one agrees with Speakman or not, his challenging glimpses remind us that people are at stake here. --Christianity Today, July 2010, pg. 56
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Even before seeing this film, I have been troubled by the idea that Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Sadly, this film did not address more of how the Balfour document came to be, and how it is a document that should really hold no weight at all. It also did not address many of the deeper issues that I am aware of. Nonetheless, the principal idea remains intact in this film: how would YOU like it if someone came and threw you out of your house, segregated you, and forced you to live in a "ghetto," all because they claimed the Bible said THEY should be there instead?
When I watched this film, and I saw the terrible gates and walls, with their coiled barbed wire, I could not help but think of a comparison between the concentration camps of World War II. How can the Jewish people do to others what was done to them? It seems surreal. I would think their experiences in World War II would have made them more compassionate as a people towards others. We are constantly reminded of the holocaust by the Jewish people, and yet it upsets me that they never memorialize the Christians who died during the holocaust too. The focus is entirely on them, and yet they can turn and do something rather like that to another people? They are so obsessed with the fact that they have suffered as a people, that they forget ALL OF HUMANITY has suffered throughout time, not just them.
The Evangelical reasoning is also nonsense. I am glad that I am not an Evangelical, because I have always been taught that the Jews err greatly by not accepting Christ. We love them, certainly, and I have many Jewish friends, but Judaism was fulfilled with Christ. The chosen people are no longer those who call themselves Jewish, but those who are one with Christ. Therefore, to argue that the Holy Land belongs to the Jewish people of today makes no sense, for the true Jewish people of today are the Christians.
It is so sad to see so much suffering over a spot of earth. If God wants one group to have that area, let HIM work it out. Is He not God? Can He not give it to who he chooses with a wave of His metaphorical hand? But to launch wars and drive people out of their homes over it is just so sad. I really feel for the people who are suffering as though they are somehow less than the Jews. I said it and I will say it again: the Jewish people are no longer the chosen people. We have no obligation to stand behind them in this "fight."
My condolances to all who suffer on both sides. When will the fighting end?