I was waiting for Calvin Smith from King’s Evangelical Divinity School (KEDS) to post something on what is now being called the ‘Sizergate’ issue! You can view Seismic Shocks original post called “Anglican Vicar Uses Police To Intimidate Blogger”. Oh, and here the growing list of just how many blogs have covered this [just scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will be able to see the Streisand Effect in all its glory].
Anyway, once you have perused over this unfolding story you may not see the forest for the trees. I mean, people have gone off on a tangent about Seismic being Jew or not Jew because he is a Messianic Jew [some people see this as an oxymoron] and it’s all very fascinating stuff because it’s a fascinating topic. But it’s not the topic at hand is it?
So, with Calvin’s eloquence and his uncanny knack of getting right to the crux of the matter without the hyperbole that so often accompanies such matters … here is one balanced piece regarding this unfolding situation…
It was always inevitable, then, that the blog Seismic Shock, set up with the express purpose of highlighting and identifying anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism, even anti-Semitism within the Church, should focus on Sizer’s theology and activities, including appearing on Iranian television to discuss Christian Zionism, speak at Muslim centres and Palestinian solidarity events, and rather unwisely share platforms with people who, for example, condone suicide bombings.
“So what?” I hear some people say. “He can do what he likes, can’t he? This is, after all, a free country, and however unreasonable someone’s views are, or ill-advised they may be in how they choose to promote them, what’s to stop him?” Actually, I wholeheartedly agree, couldn’t agree more in fact. Not that I agree with Sizer’s views, by a long shot. Having reviewed his first book for a scholarly journal (and currently reviewing his sequel), I find Sizer’s theology unpersuasive, overtly polemical and unnecessarily pejorative (and thus not particularly constructive or helpful).