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Why Christians Support Israel

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With the conclusion of another amazing AIPAC Policy Conference, and as an evangelical Christian advocating for a stronger American-Israeli relationship, the question has occasionally been asked “What is the real reason Christians support Israel?  Aren’t you just secretly trying to Trojan Horse and convert the Jews?”  Often following that comes the question “Aren’t Christians just trying to speed up the end times by supporting Israel?”  Both statements are not based in reality but rather on rumors.

Frankly speaking, there is no secret Christian agenda.  The Bible clearly states the agenda of every Christian and it is a public agenda, never to be strictly private.  As Christians we believe Yeshua was the Messiah that was foretold in Isaiah and elsewhere in the Jewish Scriptures.  We wish for all people to the loving, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  It is Biblically commanded to go into all the world and share the Gospel of Yeshua with all nations.  That being said, whether people accept, or sadly even reject Christ, we as Christians have another Biblical command and that is to support G-d’s People, the Jewish people.

Having visited services at probably over 100 evangelical churches in my short life, I have never heard a Christian pastor or congregant state that they support Israel and the Jewish people for any other reason than it is Biblically commanded.  Christian pastors believe in the Abrahamic covenant and that those who bless Israel will be blessed.  The Book of Genesis 12:3 says, referring to Israel, “I (G-d) will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you, And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (New King James Version).  

History shows, from Pharaoh to Hitler, that whoever tries to destroy the Jewish people ultimately end up destroying themselves.  As Ben Shapiro has often declared, “G-d does not make stupid rules” and there is a direct theological correlation between support for Israel and the blessing a nation receives.  Along the same thread of G-d not making stupid rules, even by secular standards Christians believe that Israel is morally in the right versus its enemies.

Never, even in the conversations held in one’s home late at night, have I ever heard of any secret agenda of conversion or trying to speed up the end times.  Are there individuals who have said such things about trying to speed up the end times throughout the course of Christianity?  Of course there are always a few on the fringe, especially in a faith where billions through the years have claimed adherence.  However, none of these individuals hold any weight in the very large Christian community, especially in contemporary times.  

The truth is, G-d does not need our help to speed up the end times.  His ways and His timing are much better than ours.  What we as Christians should be doing is being obedient to Him.  Part of that obedience is supporting G-d’s Chosen People and His nation.

There are many Christians who have, and currently are, risking their reputations, careers, and even the safety of their family by supporting Israel.  They believe that America and Israel have a special relationship as do Christians and Jews.  Each covenant is special and is stamped with a common word…forever.

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