In the current bid for the presidency, several key domestic issues are, seemingly, being spread before us at our nation’s dinner table. There are the samplers to whet the appetite – abortion politics, same-sex marriage battles, the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and social security reform, to name a few. And, then, there is the unmistakable House special: our not-so-delectable mounting national debt.
As Americans, we are consumed with our economic welfare and ensuring a fiscally stable future for our children. And rightly so! When setting up household, each of us is expected to learn the essentials of good stewardship, prudent budgeting and wise financial planning. Should we not, then, expect – no, require – our government to do the same?
Yet, setting aside the myriad social and economic concerns on the home front in this campaign, our foreign policy positions should also be of specific interest to us, particularly with respect to the nation of Israel. This tiny yet influential nation has consistently played a critical role in every presidential election in recent history, and 2012 will be no exception.
Not surprisingly, events in the Middle East have a direct impact on us – for some, most notably at the gas pumps. But others also recognize Israel as our consistent and stable ally in an oft-incendiary region and that her safety should be of primary concern, not just from an economic standpoint, to be sure, but also from a spiritual one.
As a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we know that even the most rudimentary reading of the Bible reveals the heart of the LORD concerning Israel. All throughout the Book of Zechariah, our God shows Himself to be passionate – even zealous – about “the apple of His eye” [Zechariah 2:8], and has declared promises of blessing regarding her destiny:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; With great fervor I am zealous for her.’” –Zechariah 8:1
“And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem.” –Zechariah 2:12
Still, many of us, even those with a biblical worldview, look at Israel’s record of strained relationships with her neighbors and think that advocacy is futile. After decades of failed peace negotiations, resolution often appears to be a dangling carrot. Yet, the Scriptures concerning Israel’s fate are positive and definitive: