Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. (Isaiah 62: 6-7)
Dear Sisters and brothers in Christ,
Greetings to you from Jerusalem in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
As you are following the news of what is happening in Jerusalem and the unprecedented escalation of violence our country is experiencing, we would like you to pray for us, to those who have died and those who have lost their homes and beloved ones. As we listen to the sound of the warplanes, and watch the news, our hearts get full of sorrow and fear. Where should we go? To whom should we resort? And when this war is going to end?
Today in Israel we are experiencing a kind of a civil war where Arabs and Jews are fighting and attacking each other's. This war will have no winner. We need to learn how to live with each other based on equal rights and without occupation and discrimination. The only future Israel has must be a shared future where Arabs and Israelis live together where the rule of law prevails rather than the law of power. People need to live in dignity and equality. Innocent people are the victims of political leaders who only want to achieve political gains.
This madness should end soon, but it raises essential questions. What would be the future of our youth and children who are experiencing this violence? What are our responsibilities as Churches, church-based organizations, and as community leaders towards the new generations?
The doctrine of hate is growing strongly in our country. This requires us to exert more efforts to become advocates for love, peace, and justice. We need to share the culture of Christ with those around us who feel that violence is the only way to solve problems. In addition, I appeal to you, our friends, and partners, to pray for the power of love, which is fading away in front of our eyes.
Therefore, I ask you to remember Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine in your prayers every day during your prayer time. Friends, this conflict needs a divine power to be resolved and we have to ask God for it.
May God bless you, keep you, and be gracious to you, now and forever. Amen
Pastor Fursan Zumot
The Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Jerusalem