PA PM Maliki and Jack Sara president of Bethlehem Bible College | Photos: Brian SchraugerSince 2010, the "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference has only been in Bethlehem. Last week organizers announced they are going global. What must Christians who stand with Israel know and do to counter "Christ at the Checkpoint" and its declaration of war against them?

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Brian and Taylor Schrauger on 15 Aug 1998 SepiaBecause I am a Christian, many people assume it is my religious faith that is the primary motivation for my advocacy for Israel. But that is not the case. Like all true Zionists, my strongest motives are more visceral, more mysterious than any creed or pledge.

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Michael Brown at 'Christ at the Checkpoint' Conference Bethlehem 2018 | Photo: Brian Schrauger

Brown asked the Palestinian Christians to follow the example set by the Israelis and hold their leaders accountable. "The least you could do as followers of Jesus," he said, "is stand with me in denouncing your government’s celebration of terrorism." It is an offer that was immediately rejected.

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Frank Pfeifer and Dexter Van Zile | Photo: Courtesy, Dexter Van ZileFrank Pfeiffer grew up with a terrible family secret. His grandfather was a Nazi SS officer who killed countless Jews. Today Pfeiffer, an evangelical Christian, openly confronts his family's past—and boldly stands with the Jewish state of Israel.

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Bible with light shining on it | Photo: public domainChristians need to learn more about Islam—a lot more. The religion has more than 1.6 billion adherents. Some of them—but not all—have engaged in terrible acts of violence against Christians in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. The main perpetrators in the murder of more than 2 million Christians in the Anatolian Peninsula between 1915 and 1922 were Islamic. Muslim-majority countries have also been significant sources of anti-Jewish invective in the modern world. In fact, leaders of these countries have tried to destroy the Jewish state on a number of occasions since its creation in 1948.

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