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Donald Trump knows how to rouse his base, and I thought he did not attract hallelujahs outside of his American stronghold until his Jerusalem decision. Nigerians, many of whom instinctively loath the toupee-crowned phony of the United States, have managed to embrace his Jerusalem bear.

When he decided that the U.S. was going to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I began to hear Christians applaud him. Some saw Trump as a godsend, fulfilling the destiny of prophesy. So, suddenly the man who loathes other creatures of God, who believes only whites matter in the divine system, who does not read the Bible, has become a vessel of God?
The Christian right in the United States agree with him. But they have no reason other than that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews and that it is their home.
They ignore the bloody consequences of moving the headquarters from Tel Aviv, where most countries domicile their embassies. Jerusalem is under dispute because it berths the temple of the Jews and mosque of Muslims, both Palestinians and Israelis lay claim to the place. To reach an agreement has been impossible.
The last time hope rose above rabbinical malice was under President Bill Clinton when he parleyed with Prime Minister Ehud Barack and the late Yasser Arafat. It was a high-octane summit. The eyes of both men oiled with peace while at home war loomed. In the end, Barack’s concessions were not enough for peace with the Palestinians. Barack lost his elections that paved the way for the hawk-eyed Netanyahu, who has not seen a Palestinian he does not hate.
Since then, tension has become the normal between them. Firestorms of rage have never ceased. The belief among Christians that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel has nothing to do with the scheme of the Christian God. It is only those who do not understand the scriptures that pay homage to the illusion of a Jerusalem of a sacred book.
True, Jesus rode on a donkey to Jerusalem. But it does not in any way mean it is the kingdom of the future. His death and crucifixion mean he has transcended Jerusalem the earthly. The focus of Christians is Jerusalem the heavenly.
Hence Jesus himself cast woe on Jerusalem in his prophetic outpouring: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathered her chickens under her wings, and ye would not. Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth until thou shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
In AD 70, the prophesy fulfilled. Jerusalem fell after a heady siege from the Romans under Emperor Titus. The Jews were slaughtered. Christians had left town from Jewish persecution. So, Jerusalem does not hold any romantic allure for the Christian of knowledge.
The question is, has Jerusalem said, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord? NO. So why are Christians quick to embrace her as a Christian project?
For the Christian, Jerusalem is not natural but spiritual. Apostle Paul noted that “Jerusalem, which is now, and is in bondage. But Jerusalem which is above is free, and is mother of us all.”
There is a reason the Bible talks of heavenly Jerusalem. Paul explained that all Christians are Jews in a spiritual sense. A Jew is one inwardly, as he clarified, not outwardly.we are Abraham’s children by faith. If the Christian soul is Jewish spiritually, why should they respond to the earthly home? It is contradiction. Flesh and spirit do not concur. If you live in the spirit, wrote Paul, you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh. The attachment to Jerusalem is the (political) lust of the flesh.
It is ultimately cynical politics. It has no bearing with the faith. The Jews in Jerusalem still regard Christians with contempt. We don’t have to pay them back in their own pride, but we should not flow with their bigotry. What we need in that part of the world is peace. Reconciliation should supervene primordial bile that neither God nor the scriptures sanction.
What we know as West Bank and Gaza Strip today were in the Bible known as Judea and Samaria. Golda Mier, former prime minister and Netanyahu’s ancestor of hate, loved to call them by the biblical names. But Christianity is not about Israel anymore. It is about the faith of people anywhere in the world. If we understand that, a Trump will not hoodwink us into wild temper and blood.

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