Is it possible to go so far to support Israel that we endorse evil?
I am posting about this article for discussion, not to endorse the entire perspective of the writer: “When Theology Is So Pro-Israel That It Becomes Anti-Christian.” There is a side to the story of modern Israel that is very rarely discussed in America, but which needs to be part of our conversation about the best “solution” for the ongoing conflicts there.
Whereas in the West we often hear the phrase “Country _____ wants to wipe Israel off the map” the reality is that this is precisely what Israel is doing to Christians and Muslims in Palestine- wiping them off the map through confiscating their land, destroying their crops, looting and bulldozing their homes, shooting their children for sport… and forcing them to emigrate elsewhere.
I’m not 100% endorsing this view, but I am definitely saying it provides some helpful balance to the one-sided perspective that dominates American politics and much of the American Christian discussion.
Instead of being outraged, instead of demanding peace and justice, America sends Israel millions of dollars a day to finance their illegal oppression of Christians and Muslims—and not only do we support their actions, but much of the Christian community will quickly jump all over you if you so much as question it. Being a good Christian in too many parts means pledging allegiance to the United States of America and to Israel too.
We need to really wrestle with what the Spirit was revealing when he inspired the Apostle Paul as he wrote what we now call the ninth chapter of the letter to the Romans: “…not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but ‘Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.’ This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring” (Romans 9:6b-8).
Focusing on physical flesh and Middle Eastern real estate misses the whole point Jesus came to make clear. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). Those who don’t honor the Son, don’t honor the Father (John 5:23b). And it does not get any more plain than 1 John 2:23: No one who denies the Son has the Father.
Modern Jews do not worship the one true God. They must accept the Messiah, Jesus, and be re-ingrafted into the one “olive tree” that is the Family of Faith (Romans 11). To ignore this crucial reality is the ultimate in anti-Semitism. Also, to ignore the plight of Christians (and Muslims!) being unjustly persecuted, dispossessed, murdered, and plundered by the current, secular government of Israel is unconscionable.
I am praying for lasting peace to ALL who live in and around Jerusalem.
What say ye?