The conference Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 was successfully held in Bethlehem last month. I was delighted that some Messianic Jews and their supporters accepted the sincere invitation by the Palestinian Christians, their brothers and sisters in Christ, to participate in the event. These two parties traditionally hold two very different views on the theology of the Holy Land. This is not to say that their differences had been settled but, for a minimum, a dialogue had been started.
Besides, and perhaps more importantly, more and more Christians realize that there are God’s children on both sides of the wall and, to say the least, the difficult situations and problems a mere theology can create. The Christian faith, while being spiritual, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and we should always strive to bring a positive and practical effect on the people and environment around us, not the other way around.
One can only hope and pray that it’s only the beginning, and us who claim to be followers of Christ will continue to work diligently for the ministry of reconciliation.