Letter to President Bush from 40 Evangelical Christian Leaders
Concerned with Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

12-Jul-02
Evangelical Christian Leaders

The Christian Right does not represent all evangelical Christians, especially those concerned
with peace and justice in the Holy Land. Below is a letter that was sent to President Bush from
over 40 evangelical Christian leaders, including HCEF Vice-President, Don Kruse, who call for
the critique “of both Israelis and Palestinians- on the basis of biblical standards of justice." 

July 2, 2002 

President George Bush 
The White House 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. 
Washington DC 20500 

Dear Mr. President, 

We write as American evangelical Christians concerned for the well-being of all the children of
Abraham in the Middle East -- Christian, Jewish and Muslim. We urge you to employ an
even-handed policy toward Israeli and Palestinian leadership so that this bloody conflict will
come to a speedy close and both peoples can live without fear and in a spirit of shalom/salaam. 

An even-handed U.S. policy towards Israelis and Palestinians does not give a blank check to
either side, nor does it bless violence by either side. An even-handed policy affirms the valid
interests of Israelis and Palestinians: both states free, economically viable and secure, with
normal relations between Israel and all its Arab neighbors. We commend your stated support for
a Palestinian state with 1967 borders, and encourage you to move boldly forward so that the
legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for their own state may be realized. 

We abhor and condemn the suicide bombings of the last 22 months and the failure of the
Palestinian Authority in the first year of the intifada to stop the violence against Israeli citizens.
We grieve over the loss of life, particularly among children, and the suffering by Israelis and
Palestinians. The longer the bloodletting continues, the more difficult it will be for both sides to
reconcile with each other. 

We urge you to provide the leadership necessary for peacemaking in the Middle East by
vigorously opposing injustice, including the continued unlawful and degrading Israeli settlement
movement. The theft of Palestinian land and the destruction of Palestinian homes and fields is
surely one of the major causes of the strife that has resulted in terrorism and the loss of so
many Israeli and Palestinian lives. The continued Israeli military occupation that daily humiliates
ordinary Palestinians is also having disastrous effects on the Israeli soul. 

Mr. President, the American evangelical community is not a monolithic bloc in full and firm
support of present Israeli policy. Significant numbers of American evangelicals reject the way
some have distorted biblical passages as their rationale for uncritical support for every policy and
action of the Israeli government instead of judging all actions - of both Israelis and Palestinians -
on the basis of biblical standards of justice. The great Hebrew prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah,
declared in the Old Testament that God calls all nations and all people to do justice one to
another, and to protect the oppressed, the alien, the fatherless and the widow. 

Finally, Mr. President, be assured of our prayers for you and your cabinet as you lead our nation
in this troubled time. May the strength and peace of the Lord be with you. 

Sincerely, 


c: Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State 

Raymond J. Bakke 
Executive Director 
International Urban Associates 
Seattle, WA 

Craig Barnes 
Senior Pastor 
National Presbyterian Church 
Washington, DC 

Marilyn Borst 
Executive Director 
Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding 
Houston, TX 

Gary M. Burge 
Professor of Theology 
Wheaton College & Graduate School 
Wheaton, IL 

Clive Calver 
President, World Relief of the 
National Association of Evangelicals 
Baltimore, MD 

Paul-Gordon Chandler 
President & CEO 
Partners International 
Spokane, WA 

John Crosby 
Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church 
Minneapolis, MN 

Tim Dearborn 
Chairman, International Fellowship 
Of Evangelical Mission Theologians, USA 
Seattle, WA 

John De Haan 
Executive Director 
Association of Evangelical Relief & Development Organizations (AERDO) 
Grand Rapids, MI 

John R. Dellenback 
Former director, U.S. Peace Corps 
U.S. House of Representatives, retired 
Medford, OR 

Christopher Doyle 
President & CEO 
American Leprosy Missions 
Greenville, SC 

Craig Hilton Dyer 
President, Bright Hope International 
Hoffman Estates, IL 

Colleen Townsend Evans 
Author, Writer 
Fresno, CA 

Leighton Ford, 
President, Leighton Ford Ministries 
Charlotte, NC 

Steve Hayner 
Past President, 
InterVarsity, USA 
Madison, WI 

Paul Kennel 
President, World Concern 
Seattle, WA 

Don Kruse 
Vice President 
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation 
Chicago, IL 

Peter Kuzmic 
Distinguised Professor of World Missions & European Studies 
Gordon-Conwell Seminary 
South Hamilton, MA 

Max Lange 
President, Childcare International 
Bellingham, WA 

Gordon MacDonald 
Board Chairman, World Relief of the 
National Association of Evangelicals 
Boston, MA 

Michael A. Mata 
Pastor of Leadership Development 
Pasadena (CA) First Church of the Nazarene 
Director, Urban Leadership Institute 

Rev. Dr. Albert G. Miller 
Midwest District Minister, 
The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church 
Oberlin, OH 

Paul Moore 
President, CitiHope International 
Andes, NY 

Richard J. Mouw 
President, Fuller Seminary 
Pasadena, CA 

David Neff 
Editor, Christianity Today 
Carol Stream, IL 

Victor D. Pentz 
Senior Minister, 
Peachtree Presbyterian Church 
Atlanta, GA 

Eugene F. Rivers 
Special Assistant to the President, 
Pan-African Charismatic Evangelical Congress, Boston, MA 

Leonard Rodgers 
President, Venture International 
Tempe, AZ 

Andrew Ryskamp 
Executive Director 
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee - US 
Grand Rapids, MI 

Scott C. Sabin 
Executive Director 
Floresta USA 
San Diego, CA 

Cheryl J. Sanders 
Senior Pastor, Third Street Church of God 
Washington DC 
Howard University School of Divinity 

Amb. (r) Robert A. Seiple 
Founder & President 
The Institute for Global Engagement 
St. Davids, PA 

Ronald J. Sider 
President, Evangelicals for Social Action 
St. Davids, PA 

Luci N. Shaw 
Author, Lecturer, Writer in Residence 
Regent College 
Vancouver, B.C., Canada 

James Skillen 
President, Center for Public Justice 
Annapolis, MD 

Glen Harold Stassen 
Professor of Christian Ethics 
Fuller Seminary 
Pasadena, CA 

Richard Stearns 
President, World Vision US 
Federal Way, WA 

Amb. (r) Clyde D. Taylor 
Board, International Justice Mission 
Washington, DC 

Dean Trulear 
Pastor, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church 
Twin Oaks, PA 

Harold Vogelaar 
Resident Scholar in World Religions 
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 

Donald Wagner 
Director, Center for Middle East Studies 
North Park University 
Chicago, IL 

Robin & Nancy Wainwright 
Board of Directors 
Holy Land Trust 
Pasadena, CA 

Philip Yancey 
Author 
Evergreen, CO 


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