Should we ALWAYS support Israel???

Today i was sorting through my ‘junk email’ account… you know, the one that you give to credit card applications so that you get the free tshirt at the basketball game.

Well, i recieved an email from Jerry Falwell’s son. He has been given the torch for the religious right since his dad has passed away.
I am interested to hear your thoughts about an excerpt from the email…

Our Role: Blessing Israel

Earlier today (Friday), I had the privilege of speaking at the Seventh Annual Israel Solidarity Event held at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. I was invited to speak by the Ambassador from Israel to the United States, Sallai Meridor.

As I began my address to the crowd that had gathered in the Embassy auditorium, I couldn’t help but recall my dad’s great love for Israel. During his nearly 55 years of public ministry, dad never wavered from his position of support for Israel. I shared that, as we have moved into the next generation, we must never walk away from our Israeli friends….

In Genesis 12, God told Abraham that He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. As we approach the 60th anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel, let us make sure that we are doing everything we can to bless Israel. We must realize that God’s statement to Israel did not give us the benefit for interpretation or adjustment. His directive was clear: bless Israel.

Let us all stand by Israel and do what we can to help bring about peace and security for this very important country. One action that we as Christians can certainly take is to pray. Let us daily pray for the peace of Israel, peace in the Middle East and peace in our world.
Jonathan Fallwell

What do you think? From a theological standpoint are we to still bless and support Israel no matter what? Was Genesis 12 an ‘eternal covenant’ that is to be kept with national israel? Most dispensationalists would say yes.
What if Israel is failing to bring justice? What if Israel is responsible for persecuting Palesinian Christians…Do we still support them no matter what? Is true Israel those who are not born of Abraham’s seed, but of the Spirit? Your thoughts…

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  • jason

    Yes, we should always support Israel… just like we are to support ALL peoples. And when I say support i do not mean militarily… but, as Christians we are to call all governments to do justice and love peace (US, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Portual, etc…). We are to be salt and light to the world… if we let any nation have a carte blanche to do what they want we are not being salt and light we are simply being blind. There is no nation that has the right to claim God on their side.Another issues is the one that you point out… what about when Israelis kill Christian Palestinians… are we ok with that?

    • clarissa.

      I agree that the
      USA should support all nations especially those in trouble and
      especially Israel. God was not ambiguous
      when he said we should continue to bless Israel. The political
      situation with Israel sometimes can make anyone wonder why should a
      nation still be supported when they are in the midst of chaos and can
      be the cause of it. I realize I may not be really answering all your
      questions…sometimes it is hard to really say too much especially on
      a sensitive topic as the Chosen Land. I am so grateful I have the
      opportunity to be acquainted with you now and read all your marvelous
      ramblings on the Bible.
       

  • Kurt Willems

    Jason, That is one of my main concerns. I do worry that many christians favor israel in unhealthy zionistic fashion. this is the view of many of the modern dispensationalist movement. the only israel that we ought to support in a special way is the ‘israel of God’ that Paul refers to in the NT. Believing israel is not those born of Abraham’s seed, but those who are born of the spirit… (with that said about supporting the church, this does not mean that we support her even when she acts as a fallen power.) Finally, i will make some comments on the Israeli/ Palestinian conflicts in the near future. Israel killing Christ followers is plain evil (as is all murder), but the worst part of this is that it is many Christians that support such causes.

    • http://mystic444.wordpress.com mystic444

      Although this post is a couple of years old, it is still very relevant. Your comment about supporting the ‘Israel of God’, God’s TRUE Israel, is right on the money. I am reminded of the comments in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 about those who say they are Jews, but are not; they are instead the synagogue of Satan. The synagogue of Satan does not deserve the ‘support’ or ‘blessing’ of the people of God, except to ‘bless’ them with proclaiming the good news of God’s anointed one, Jesus. We can support Israel politically only insofar as they practice truth and justice (just as we may support any other nation which does so, and should strive to be such a nation ourselves). That does not mean supporting their ‘right’ to Jerusalem and Palestine, and their ‘right’ to drive out and kill Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

  • http://findingmeaningin.blogspot.com/ Tucker

    I was only alerted to this post because of mysti44′s comment on it. This is another issue for which I have some personal investment. As you may or may not know, I am a Christ follower who is ethnically Jewish from my mother’s side (and Native American from my dad). I don’t think that Paul quite meant to say that the Church is the only Israel of God. He does seem in Romans 10-11 to have a sense of assurance that Israel (ethnic Israel) is still significant to God, that God’s covenant with the seed of Abraham stands. I admit to being far from clear about what that means or how it plays in eschatological thinking, but I do think a supersessionist view misrepresents Paul.

    As for our contemporary setting, I do think it remains relevant to look at modern history as it relates to the Jewish people and Israeli state as centered around the Shoa. Regardless of escathology, I do believe that a justice ethic compels us to support the existence of an Israeli state, a Jewish homeland.

    All of that being said however, I absolutely agree that this support can not be unconditional and can not come at the price of Palestinian blood. Encroaching Israeli settlements into Palestinian territory, the brutality of “checkpoints”, and the overall escalating violence is a moral evil which both the church and the UN should oppose.

  • http://mystic444.wordpress.com mystic444

    I had just recommended the Pangea blog to a friend, and was looking back through some of the older posts on “eschatology” when I saw this post. I don’t know whether or not it’s old age, but I had completely forgotten about having ever read this post; and it came as a surprise to me to see that I had posted a comment! :lol:

    I still believe what I wrote, including about the Jewish people not having any right to the land of Palestine. (No offense meant to Tucker, whose blog articles – and comments on this blog – I always appreciate.) Paul, in Romans 2:25-29, is very clear on who is and is not a “Jew” – “For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? For he is NOT a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” While Romans 9-11 does indeed, it seems to me, give strong hope for a future conversion of the Jewish people as a whole to true godliness (together with the blessing of all the other peoples of the world as well), that does not mean that they remain (or shall become “once again”) a “specially blessed” people apart from the “Gentiles”; nor that they have a special claim to a certain parcel of land in the Middle East. They certainly do not have any claim on Palestine while they remain in ungodliness and even atheism.

    There is a real difference between “Jew” and “Israeli”, also. Jewish people, whether racially or religiously, live all over the world; and many of them have no desire to move to “Israel”. Some of the most outspoken opponents of “Zionism” that I have yet come across are Orthodox Jews. Check out for example http://www.nkusa.org/ and http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/ . These Jews protest the existence of the nation of Israel, and pray for its dissolution! I rather admire their position.

    But actually what I intended to point out in this comment is that Genesis 12:3 does not say anything about blessing “Israel”. It says those who bless ABRAHAM will be blessed, and those who curse him will be cursed. “Zionist” Jews today, who do not walk in the steps and faith of Abraham are in effect despising and cursing Abraham, and therefore the curse of Genesis 12:3 abides on them. (That is of course true also for anyone in the world who despises the faith of Abraham, refusing to walk in it). But those Jews and Gentiles who are of Abraham’s faith are in effect blessing Abraham, and the blessing of Abraham abides on them. And they all have a common inheritance, a “city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10) – that is, “the Jerusalem above…which is the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26). This is “a better, that is, a heavenly country [land, city]” (Hebrews 11:16), not an earthly parcel of land.

    I bless Abraham, but absolutely deny the right of Jewish people to dispossess the Palestinians of the land they have been living in for many, many centuries. I for one, in agreement with those Orthodox Jews I linked to, absolutely deny that the Jews have a right to a Jewish nation and “homeland”. I do not “bless Israel”; but I believe the blessing of Abraham is certain to embrace all the nations of the earth.


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