The upcoming third bi-annual Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem bills itself as a platform for dialogue and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian believers. But it has been revealed that there are certain Israeli voices the organizers have no interest in hearing.
In late 2010, just a little over a year prior to the second Christ at the Checkpoint, Israeli tour guide Kay Wilson and her visiting Christian friend, Kristine Luken, were attacked by Palestinian terrorists outside Jerusalem. Luken was killed, while Wilson miraculously survived, despite severe injuries.
Wilson writes in The Times of Israel that having recovered from the attack, she approached one of the Christ at the Checkpoint speakers about speaking at the 2012 convocation, only to be rebuffed because for the hundreds of other participants to hear her story was "not what the Lord wants." Wilson later revealed to Israel Today that the speaker that approached the conference organisers on her behalf was Richard Harvey.
To be sure, there were other Israeli and Messianic speakers at the gathering, but none were direct victims of Palestinian terrorism, and all could be counted on to be overtly diplomatic or to avoid confronting the Palestinian nationalist agenda entirely.
This revelation by Kay Wilson is further evidence of what some in the Israeli Messianic body have been saying all along: that the reconciliation most of those involved with Christ at the Checkpoint want involves the Jews, on bended knee, begging for forgiveness for daring to hold fast to God's promises regarding their inheritance of this land.
Any voice that would too strongly challenge that outcome is, apparently, unwelcome.
Wilson goes on to wonder how any Israeli, and we would add any Israeli Messianic believer, could justify participating in a conference that has chosen to associate itself with theologians advocating Replacement Theology and Palestinian officials with clear ties to recognized terrorist organizations.
"For any self-respecting person, and especially for Israelis such as myself, the endorsement of terror by association, at a Christian conference, is obscene," she writes.
Wilson makes a number of other excellent points regarding Christ at the Checkpoint and its headlining organizers and speakers. Click Here to read the whole article.