Printed in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, the T-shirt celebrated “The 20th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem.” Yom Yerushalayim is a Jewish holiday annually celebrating the first time the Jews controlled Jerusalem since the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in AD 70.
Now almost 70 years since the beginning of the State of Israel, the land has just as much tension and heartache as ever. And much of the conflict cloaks its true motives in the name of religion.
One day in Jerusalem I saw a humorous sign that tried to bridge that religion gap.
Coexistence—Always a Peace Process
Outside the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem, I remember seeing a banner draped across a bridge. The sign included a creative blend of images and letters that formed a word.
An Islamic crescent moon represented the first letter, C.
Then after the letters o and e came the Star of David, which symbolized the letter X.
After two more letters, i and s, the word ended with a Christian cross, signifying the letter T.
I shook my head when I saw it. The banner’s suggestion that Islam, Judaism and Christianity can coexist in the Holy Land—or anywhere, for that matter—makes great fodder for political speeches. But it only ends up working itself out in wars and rumors of wars.
Peace among contradicting worldviews always sounds like a good idea until someone breaks into your home and threatens your family. At that point, the course of action is plain: peace comes from violent protection.
“Long Live the Nuts!”
During Israel’s 1947-48 struggle for independence, only one place in Jerusalem enjoyed the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs—the government insane asylum.
A delegate of the International Red Cross, Jacques de Reynier, saw the patients’ lack of concern for the conflict in Jerusalem. He scribbled in his diary three words: “Vive les fous!”—“Long live the nuts!”
How ironic that in a fallen world, only the insane enjoyed peace during the war.
Israel is still dependent on foreign allies for assistance with national security.
Only a remnant of God’s people have accepted their Messiah, Jesus.
How wonderful Yom Yerushalayim will be when Isaiah’s words find their ultimate fulfillment in the only source of peace—a Person:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6
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