The ELCA's website highlights Rev. Munib Younan's, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jerusalem, thoughts on the matter. He says, "I hereby declare that (the belief of Christians who support Israel) is not only a sick theology but it is a heresy. . ." That's not all, the Bishop goes on to say this about these Christians, ". . . they are actually anti-Semitic." This is all promoted on our ELCA's official website.
Make no mistake. This is the ELCA view. They are promoting anti-semitic statements against Christian supporters of Israel. It is their voice and their position.
This is our church everyone.
Let's really look at this. Let's say there are two groups. One group 1) loves the Jewish people, 2) supports the Israelis in word and deed, 3) promotes good relations between the governments and people, 4) takes vacations there, 5) prays for them, 6) financially supports the country and organizations with in it, 7) defends them when the vast majority of nations rain down hatred on them.
The other group (the ELCA) 1) calls on Israel to give up its land, 2) uses inflammatory language to support their anti-Israeli positions, 3) calls on Israel to give up half of it's capital, 4) not only gives up territory but wants them to give it to a people who violently attack them and claim Jews as their mortal enemies, 5) demands that Israel remove its protective border fence, 6) has a founder with a history of anti-semitic views, 7) has heavily considered doing no financial business with Israel, 8) blames Israel for the reducing rate of Christians in the Palestinian controlled areas, 9) continues to give little credence to the violence perpetrated against the Israelis, 10) believe and teach that when the Bible says "Israel" and "Jerusalem" one should replace those words to read "Christians" and "church."
Which one of these groups would you pick as anti-semitic?
Group two is the perfect representation of the ELCA. People of the ELCA, is this the Church you want to belong to?