PEACE OF JERUSALEM (2002)

WHEREAS we reaffirm the tenets of the Resolution for Prayer for Peace" adopted by the 59th General Assembly in 1982, and the Resolution of the 58th General Assembly stating the opposition of the Church of God to "International Terrorism;" and

WHEREAS we also recognize that even though there are ever changing centers of crisis, need, and human suffering in all parts of the world, that throughout the Bible, the condition of Jerusalem has been of special interest to our Lord - from Psalm 122:6 where we are instructed to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to the sentiment expressed by Jesus himself as he wept over the city as told in Luke 19:41; and

WHEREAS the restoration of Israel as a nation, and particularly Jerusalem, is of prophetic importance as a sign to the unbeliever and a portent of the "last days;" and

WHEREAS Jerusalem is a Holy City for three of the world’s most important religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and

WHEREAS the international nature and history of Jerusalem has made it the center of political, economic, religious, and spiritual struggles and tensions of many peoples, nations, and tongues; and

WHEREAS prayer for the peace of Jerusalem transcends any kind of national or ethnic favoritism on our part, but is the fulfillment of a "divine directive," and is a prayer for the peace of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion; and

WHEREAS the promise of God to Abraham was, "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:30);

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Church of God calls on the entirety of our membership to continually "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and the well-being of the international diversity of people who reside there.

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