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Should Christians support the nation of Israel?



Question: "Should Christians support the nation of Israel?"

Answer:
We must remember that Israel, the nation, is very special to God. We read in Deuteronomy 7:6-8 these words: "For you are a holy people (that is, a separated people, people set apart) unto God, your God: God your God has chosen you to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. God did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people, for you were the fewest of all people; but because God loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, He brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt."

God's eternal purpose is to bless the world through Israel. Already He has done so in measure, for "salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22), but the fullness of future blessing is indicated in the wondrous promise of Isaiah 27:6; "He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit."

The declaration that "salvation is of the Jews,” suggests our immeasurable debt to Israel. All that we have worth having has come to us through the Jews. Our Bible is a Jewish Book, and our Savior is a Jewish Savior. Let us never forget to pray for God's chosen people. It is true, that Israel, today, is in the place of rejection. The nation today is a secular, unbelieving (as to the claims of Scripture and their Messiah, Jesus Christ) nation; but "even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace" (Romans 11:5). Some Jews are being saved and are becoming members of the body of Christ, the church.

Jews are, biblically speaking, the "chosen people of God" and dearly loved by Him. Another reason for Christians to support the nation of Israel is because of the Abrahamic Covenant. We read in Genesis 12:2-3, "And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing: and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (see also Genesis 27:29; Numbers 24:9).

One of the United States’ most worthwhile accomplishments has been its consistent regard for the plight of the Jewish nation. No nation in the history of the world has a better record of treating individual Jews with respect than does America. The same can be said for our befriending Israel as a nation. America has committed many sins, for which we may well deserve judgment, but as a nation, we have been a consistent friend of the Jews and the nation of Israel. America by contrast has been a benefactor for the Jewish state. In 1948, President Harry Truman helped persuade the United Nations to recognize Israel as a nation. Since then, the United States has contributed billions of dollars in aid to Israel.

From the biblical declarations of God's love and care for His chosen people, the nation of Israel; and from the history of nations being destroyed because of their evil dealings with God's chosen people, the Jews - Christian believers should give support to the chosen people of God. This is not to say that we support necessarily the methods they use in their relationships with the Arab nations. The Bible warned that conflict would always characterize the relations between the descendents of Isaac and Ishmael. Sadly, this conflict will continue until Jesus comes back to judge the nations and sets up his 1,000 year reign of peace on earth. We must look at the "big picture” with a biblical worldview. While we do not have to support everything Israel does as a nation, we most definitely should support Israel’s right to exist. God will fulfill His promises and covenants with Israel. God still has a plan for Israel. Woe to anyone who seeks to defeat that plan, “the one who curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:2-3).

Recommended Resources: Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict: What the Headlines Haven't Told You by Michael Rydelnik.


Related Topics:

What is Zionism / Christian Zionism?

What is Zion? What is Mount Zion?

What is Messianic Judaism?

Why do Jews and Arabs / Muslims hate each other?

Why do most Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah?



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