Think about the term, Judeo-Christian values.
We bandy it about, especially we Christians, and the idea is that, because Jews and Christians share a common heritage (the Old Testament, and Abraham as our collective father), we should support one another, without question.
How that “somehow” plays about these days is that Christians, unequivocally, are told to uphold everything the state of Israel does politically, because if we disagree, we’re not supporting God’s people. Frequently, we are bludgeoned with this verse from Genesis 12: 2-3 in which God makes His promise to Abraham:
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
The way this verse is interpreted often looks like this:
“You can’t disagree with anything Israel does, or God will curse you. The Jews are God’s people!”
Well, let’s think about this:
Please click the link to Are We Being Bullied to Believe a Certain Way? at my BeliefNet blog, Commonsense Christianity. This is an obviously sensitive topic, but so are a lot of other ones. In a free society (we are free, aren’t we?) people should be able to think aloud, ask questions, and hold divergent opinions. Let’s stay free.