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Friday, 16 August 2013

Jonathan Pollard - spy turned prophet?

The Jerusalem Post has an opinion piece by Jonathan Pollard, yes, that Jonathan Pollard. See here.

It's called 'Restoring Israel to Greatness' and to this Christian some of it has clear resonances from the prophets. In particular, these paragraphs are a salient reminder that right to the Land is predicated on its behaviour.

The Land of Israel is eternal and the State of Israel has temporal stewardship over the land. The corrosive moral ambiguity that has brought us to this dreadful day is relentlessly eating away at the legitimacy of the state’s continued role as legal guardian of the land. The prognosis is dire.
Only a reawakening of national resolve and a rebirth of ethical politics rooted in national self-respect, moral rectitude and courage of conviction can guarantee the future. No political process devoid of these fundamental values will ever end the agony or the fear for the State of Israel.
It is clearly time for an historic restoration.

I don't think that Israel will be expelled again, it could bring a great deal of suffering upon itself by way of judgement, and apart from the suffering that others might seek to inflict. 

One thing that I have learned from teaching RE in multi-faith situations is never to compromise on my faith.  Muslims respect a strong faith and are full of questions - and arguments. They have no respect for the wishy-washy liberal 'we are all the same' approach.

Polite, firm, fair and committed gets much better results.

P.S. The name Pollard comes from the days when almost every Englishman was trained in archery. It's how we won at Agincourt. A deliberately cut tree-stump produces new shoots. The resultant staves can be used for all manner of things including bows and arrows. There many archery related names in England and Pollard is probably one of them. 

He hits the mark in the linked article. 

For more about growth from tree stumps see here and here.

Is this Pollard an accidental prophet cutting out cant, recalling Israel to morality and preparing the way for the  Messiah? God speaks through whomever He chooses. 

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