Bethlehem Bible College
\"Christ at the Checkpoint”
The mission of “Christ at the Checkpoint” is to challenge Evangelicals to take responsibility to help resolve the conflicts in Israel/Palestine by engaging with the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God.
The aim of Christ at the Checkpoint is to provide an opportunity for Evangelical Christians to prayerfully seek a proper awareness of issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation.
The four main objectives of the Christ at the Checkpoint conferences are:
1. Empower and encourage the Palestinian church role in achieving peace, through building trust and respect between the peoples of the land, removing hatred, practicing tolerance and acceptance, and being able to appreciate and understand all people who share this land.
2. Discuss the realities of the injustices in the Palestinian territories, and create awareness of the obstacles to reconciliation and peace.
3. Create a platform for serious engagement with Christian Zionism and an open forum for ongoing dialogue between all positions within the evangelical theological spectrum.
4. Motivate participants to become advocates for the reconciliation work of the church in Israel/Palestine, and its ramifications for the Middle East and the world.
Press passes for Christ at the Checkpoint for those with press credentials may be obtained in the registration hall each day at the Press Table.
Official Conference Spokesman:
Munther Isaac is the official spokesman for the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference. All other views by either speakers or participants are their own views and do not necessarily represent the views of the conference organizational committee or the Bethlehem Bible College.
Filming & Photography
No flash photography during the sessions.
Filming during the sessions is not permitted. If you would like to obtain supplemental video footage (b-roll) for interviews or reports during the sessions, please contact Porter Speakman, Jr at the media table.
Release forms for individual interviews of speakers and participants are the sole responsibility of the interviewer.
The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto
- The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
- Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
- Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abraham Covenant.
- The church in the land of the Holy One has borne witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.
- Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of scripture.
- All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.
- Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity for self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
- There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories, and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equity and rights of Israeli and Palestinian communities.
- For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.
- Any challenge to the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
- Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.
- Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.