A Quick Synopsis
With God On Our Side takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike and threatening Israel’s security as a whole.
This film demonstrates that there is a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support the people of Israel, a theology that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians.
About the Title of the Film.
The title for our film, “With God on Our Side” was inspired by the verse:
“…while Joshua was there near Jericho: He looked up and saw right in front of him a man standing, holding his drawn sword. Joshua stepped up to him and said, ‘Whose side are you on—ours or our enemies?’ He said, ‘Neither. I’m commander of God’s army.’” Joshua 5:13-14a (The Message)
We believe this verse is still true today, that God does not take sides with certain people groups, nations or agendas. Rather, He is for all people. Throughout history, those who have claimed God was on their side have used it to justify atrocities done in the name of Jesus. We believe once again certain Christians are approaching the people in the Middle East claiming God is on their side in a way that disregards human rights and gives unilateral support to a secular State, elevating one people group over another while using the Bible as justification.
We believe there is a better way, a way of justice, peace and love for Jews and Palestinians. One that is inclusive, not exclusive. That is the heart of God.
“The first obvious challenge of ‘With God On Our Side’ was articulating a perspective on the Middle East debate anchored in history and sound theology. Porter Speakman has not only met that test, but also delivered one of the clearest assessments of the struggle between Palestinians and Jews, and a US Church largely unaware of their complicity in the current conflict. Speakman’s second more ominous challenge will be obtaining an audience, often steeped with established notions, open to wrestling with the film’s content. The hope of an ongoing Christian presence in the Holy Land may depend on the success of his message… I dare anyone to see this film and remain unchanged.” — Steven W. Haas, Vice President & Chief Catalyst, World Vision United States
4 stars “Christian Zionism is officially on notice…Whether one agrees with Speakman or not, his challenging glimpses remind us that people are at stake here.” — Christianity Today – July 2010, pg. 56
“Filmed from God’s perspective…a must see.” — Floyd McClung, Author of “The Father Heart of God”
“This film is informative, it’s inspiring, it’s challenging and it summarizes in brilliant fashion, what the problem is and what needs to change in order to solve the problem. I don’t know of anything quite like it – and I would have to say the church desperately needs it.” — Tony Campolo
“After watching ‘With God On Our Side’ I have a renewed hope for the Evangelicals in America. And maybe peace in Palestine and Israel is possible. This film can help that happen by signaling the beginning of the end of the largely unchallenged influence of Christian Zionism.” — Frank Schaeffer, Author of “Crazy for God”
“I can’t think of any form of media in recent years that deals more clearly and powerfully with the most complex region of the world. I can’t recommend it enough!” — Carl Medearis, Author of “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus” and “Tea With Hezbollah”
“A documentary demonstrating that God is not pro-Palestinian, he is pro-peace; he is not pro-Jew, he is pro-justice. Like Peter’s vision at Joppa, this film may well evoke in multitudes the quintessential sigh of understanding: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism’ (Acts 10:34).”— Hank Hanegraaff, Host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast
“Finally! A look at what Christian Zionism teaches and more importantly, the real implications it has on the people of the Middle East. A perspective not heard often in the church.” — Brian McLaren, Author/Speaker/Activist