Wissam al-Saliby

March 25, 2021

Heavy Toll of Sanctions on Syria Raises Questions of Morality and Justice

Wissam al-Saliby If a man is hungry and comes to the church for food, should the church push him away if he is on the United States sanctions list? This delicate question is haunting many Christian ministries in Lebanon and Syria today. Amid conflict, economic crisis, and mass displacement, Middle […]
November 4, 2020

When the State of Israel Becomes the New Testament’s Hermeneutical Key

by Wissam al-Saliby There are theological issues that are up for debate. And there are Biblical passages that are difficult to understand. But what I did not expect to hear in separate sermons in two different Evangelical churches in the Canton of Geneva, is Christian Zionist preachers reinterpreting the Parable […]
June 18, 2020

From George Floyd to Iyad al-Hallaq: Can the American Church Also Engage with the Palestinian?

By Wissam Al-Saliby Amid the protests to the killing of George Floyd, many Evangelical pastors and leaders are speaking up and supporting racial justice, reconciliation, and public institution reform in the United States through Sunday sermons, peaceful protests, and social media. I would like to challenge these pastors and leaders […]
March 4, 2020

From Divine Justification to Human Justice

by Wissam al-Saliby My church in Geneva Switzerland is located at the Chapelle de l’Oratoire at 7 rue Tabazan. Outside of the church and in the main hall are two plaques commemorating a meeting by the Evangelical Society of Geneva, held on 29 June 1859, in which the first humanitarian […]
January 2, 2020

What’s Missing in our Contribution to Lebanon’s Uprising?

by Wissam al-Saliby “If you lived in Lebanon at this moment, how do you imagine you would have spent the past 20 days?” my friend asked, in a comment on my Facebook status where I shared an opinion on Christian and Evangelical engagement with Lebanon’s uprising that began on 17 […]
October 3, 2019

Witness and Justice in Evangelical Relations with Rulers

by Wissam al-Saliby A Swiss journalist recently asked me, during an interview, “Should Christian organizations be neutral towards governments?” when the killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was brought up. The implications of neutrality were that business can continue as usual as a form of Christian witness. The alternative […]
April 11, 2019

In the Wake of the New Zealand Attacks: Suggestions for a Church Response to Populism and White Nationalism

by Wissam al-Saliby* The recent massacre of Muslim worshipers in New Zealand was the manifestation of a growing global phenomenon which has been described as nationalist populism, white nationalism, extreme supremacist ideology, xenophobia, racism, populist nationalism, and other terms.
November 15, 2018

Rights over Might: The United Nations, Religious Freedom and our Role and Responsibility

By Wissam al-Saliby* Many of my fellow Evangelicals have expressed dissatisfaction with the United Nations, sharing views ranging from, “The U.N. is an evil global government” to, “The U.N. is inefficient and useless.” One question, among many, is “What is the U.N. doing for religious freedom?” I will attempt to […]