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I had never thought about these issues. These deeply spiritual and brilliant Arab Christian leaders clarified the biblical framework for us and broadened Christian perspectives on these complicated issues. Having gained new biblical insights and inet several Arab Christian leaders, I needed to take the next step. I was ready to travel to the Middle East (concentrating on Lebanon, Israel, and the occupied territories), to gain firsthand experience with the people and the issues of these fascinating lands.
I thought. This Page 23 must be the rapture. Jesus has returned just as the preacher said, and I have been left behind. I really panicked. I walked slowly up the driveway in tears, feeling utterly abandoned and devastated. Have I missed my opportunity to be saved by not going forward last night? I wondered. Or perhaps God was punishing me for hurting the little canary. My young mind ran wild with fear. I looked up into the sky and saw a few clouds, the bright sun, but no sign of Jesus. " I sat in the middle of the driveway and cried.
Jesus did not waste his time on earth speculating about the future. Instead he was the suffering servant of his heavenly Father. He spent time with the renowned Samaritan woman, with Nicodemus, with Lazarus, with Peter, with so many more. He now calls Christians to be his servants by healing, consoling, teaching, forgiving, reconcilingand thus witnessing for his Father. We are to bear witness that God sees oppression. We are to bear witness that God is moved by the cries of the oppressed. We are to bear witness that God is present even if the oppressed are modern Gentiles such as Palestinians in modern Ninevahs such as Palestine.