Support for Israel is waning and anti-Semitism is on the rise. It is important for Christians in the U.S. to remember our special relationship with the Jews and not only pray for peace in Israel but be willing to stand with her against those who want her total annihilation.
Israel is the only ally of the United States in the Middle East. Yet, we hear very little news about Israel reported from a perspective of support or with factual information about the violence against Israel that is an everyday occurrence. With each passing year, the United States seems to distance herself further from Jewish State of Israel even though, they are the only like-minded democracy and the only U.S. ally in the region. Anti-Semitism is at an all time high in Europe and among the members of the United Nations. The Arab Spring protests and violence seems to be driven by hatred toward the Jews and the west in general. What was touted as a new beginning for democracy in the Middle East seems to be instead, the re-emergence of Islam, driven by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is no longer politically correct to support Israel and the United States is caving in to the pressure of other nations to abandon Israel and no longer give her special protection. Christians in the United States don’t have the clear understanding of our Biblically, special relationship with Israel, that they once had. It is vitally important for protecting Jews and Christians, in Israel and the greater Middle East, for American Christians to educate themselves, Biblically, on the relationship of Christians and Jews and how God is using both groups of people in completing His plan of redemption. It is important to pray for peace in Israel and be willing to stand in support of Israel as the entire world seems to be turning against her.
The Middle East has long been understood as a time-bomb that could explode at any time with bitter world consequences. The forces at play are much more complex than the picture painted for us by the mainstream media. The protests that began last Spring were not those of people calling for western style democracy. Poverty and hunger propelled these people out into the streets and globally organized labor in league with the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of the situation. The governments in Egypt and Syria toppled and the cries for destruction haven’t been subdued. With Iran stirring up hatred against the Jews and the West in the background, the situation in the Middle East is very dangerous. Syria appears to be the next nation to try to rid itself of its current government. Cries for the destruction of Israel and death to the Jews are the common driving force, fueling anger in the region. Christians are being persecuted and are fleeing from Egypt, fearing for their lives. The United States appears to be supporting all sides and no longer seems to recognize our only friend, Israel or understand who our enemy, Extremist Islam, is. Our military force was used to topple the government in Libya and instate a new government highly influenced by the Muslim brotherhood while we continue to fight against extreme Islam in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most Christian Americans would say they are for peace in Israel without understanding the Biblical mandate to pray for peace in Israel. God also promises to bless the nation that blesses Israel and condemns those nations who don’t. The peace we are to pray for is not political but will come about when Jesus returns, Israel recognizes her Messiah, and makes peace with God. This peace means peace for the entire world and the reign of righteousness through Jesus, as the Lion of Judah. In the book of Romans, chapter 11, Paul explains the special relationship of gentile believers and Jews, who failed to recognize who Jesus was when He came to them as a sacrificial lamb. He pictures Israel as a cultivated olive tree and gentile Christians as wild branches grafted into the cultivated tree. True Christianity can’t survive without nourishment from the root of the cultivated tree, which is Israel. Christians were grafted in because God hardened the hearts of the Jews but He will graft the branches that were cut off, back in again through grace. Because God has mercy on gentile believers and made them a part of his holy people, He can also have mercy upon the Jews. Their unbelief made way for salvation for the Gentiles whose salvation in turn, makes it possible for God to save all the Jews. Christians who turn against the Jews or think of themselves as better than Israel, are cutting themselves off from the root that nurtures all Christians and Jews alike. It is Jesus who will unite both faiths in the coming millennial rule of Christ; and Jesus walked the earth as a Jew.
American Christians once had a good understanding of their special relationship with Israel. That understanding is the underpinning for America’s part in helping to establish the modern Jewish state of Israel that exists, today. It is also, the underpinning of our political relationship as allies. Western Civilization is based upon the Bible with the Jewish and Christian faiths as the foundation of western culture. The division between America and Israel is a foundational attack on Western Civilization by enemies in very high places. I believe that when the United States lifts its protective hand over Israel and allows the surrounding nations to devour her, America, as we know it, will cease to exist; and Western Civilization will live on only, in history books. If that history is allowed to be written, at all.
It’s true that nations turning against Israel and seeking her destruction is a part of the plan of redemption that God is working to complete. Praying for peace in Israel and standing beside her politically won’t prevent God’s Will from being carried to completion. However, it is still important for Christians to stand on the side of good in what ever occurs during our lifetime. It’s important for American Christians to educate themselves about Israel and take a stand as God directs. Understanding the history of modern Israel and their relationship with the Palestinians and other Arab nations, helps to clarify what one’s position should be. Armed with the facts, it is vital to Israel’s well-being and the well-being of America, to contact our representatives and let them know that support for Israel is important to maintain. Even with all Biblical theology aside, support for Israel is the right thing to do. If we were to treat all of our allies as we are currently treating Israel, we would soon have no allies. It is clear how the muddied Middle Eastern Policy of the last decade and beyond, has created an even more dangerous situation that not only affects Middle Eastern nations but the entire world. We need to return to a simple, clear, direction in policy of siding with our friends against those who wish to destroy us and stop trying to please everyone.
The United States appears to be very divided, at present. The Occupy protests are organized by the same people who took advantage of the pain of people in Egypt and Libya. Most of the protestors in the United States don’t even know why they are protesting. They are manipulated by those with an agenda to destroy Western Civilization and capitalism, the same agenda of those who hate Jews and Christians in the Middle East. Capitalism is of the Jews, according to the Bible, and is the reason for hatred of Jews and Christians by those who believe in socialism. (Just as Hitler exploited the hatred he had in common with Arabs during World War II.) That hatred is the common ground of those pushing the upheaval in the Middle East and the Occupy protests in the United States. Globally based labor unions are involved in organizing all the protests in America and the Middle East. These are confusing times and it is important for us, as the American people, to not allow ourselves to be manipulated, right vs. left against one another, by politicians and those with a hidden agenda. American Christians can make a difference by standing with Israel and upon the Judeo-Christian principles that created our nation. Those principles are the clarity that is needed now. If American Christians don’t stand against the anti-semitic hatred that is moving the world today, we will face the same persecution that Christians in Egypt are presently, enduring. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. It is, I believe, the call of our time, to pray for true peace in Israel while also standing politically with Israel. It is a stand against the evil one and those who serve him and desire the total annihilation of God’s holy people. It is a stand against the oppression of extreme Islam in the Middle East and global socialism in the western world. To stand with Israel is to stand with the United States as the bastion of freedom that we know and love.