Es folgt eine weitere Email von unserem Freund George, der uns seit Kriegsbeginn ueber das Geschehen im Libanon und speziell in der Beqaa-Ebene berichtet:
Dear Friends and Family,
Peace greetings from the land of strife and violence!
I am close to my computer now trying to find some encouragement from
friends like you. My hands are trembling as seven air strikes hit the
area next to us. It is only 3 km away from our house. Our house and
the whole Schneller campus were shaking. Earlier today the road to the
lake south of us was hit three times. It is really terrible!
I woke up today to listen to the news and I saw our Aljazeera reporter shaking and crying. Our professional highly trained reporter couldn't handle what he was seeing. In a village called Cana, South of Lebanon, more than 60 people were hiding in a bomb shelter when suddenly 3am at night, Israeli warplanes brought the building down, killing more than 55 civilians, most of them children under 10 years old. Bodies are still being recovered as I write this, I already corrected the above number twice as it keeps increasing.
Qana or Cana, is greatly regarded by theologians as the same Qana where Jesus turned water into wine. Jesus' first miracle, brought laughter and joy to the wedding party. Today, water was turned into blood.
In 1996 the same village witnessed a mass genocide in which more than 100 people died within a couple of minutes due to an Israeli attack.
This is just one story of several thousand that is happening all across Lebanon. Condelliza Rice was and still is in Israel yesterday. Why was she there? To stop the war or to confirm that the new weapons and bomb shipment sent out by the US to Israel a couple of days ago arrived safely?
What really strikes my heart is that I know that behind all this. Behind all the support to Israel. Behind all the funding for creating a war, are American Evangelicals not so far from what I believe, except they have a big big mistake, called Christian Zionism based on what is known as End-time theology. In short, it basically turns completely over what Jesus taught and says that Israel is still God's chosen people and the only way to be a Christian is to support Israel in every way possible. Imagine, collecting offerings in your church to give Israel in order for it to continue its war on Lebanon, Palestine and in the future, other surrounding countries.
Jesus the peacemaker, the one who turns water into wine, not water into blood. When will they realize this?
We know that Israel wants to stop the war. They don't want to fight anymore, but the US is not allowing them!
Please pray for wisdom to all parties involved in this war. Especially to Pres. Bush and Mrs Rice who have full control of what is happening.