Arkansas Baptist News
There was a time when the foreign policy of the United States government was something that many Americans could readily champion.
In recent years, however, that has all changed.
With an activist liberal administration in the White House and many liberal leaders occupying Washington D.C., what Americans once considered as “givens” from its leadership have given way to indecision, inaction and outright left-wing post-modern progressivism.
Such is the case with the state of America’s relationship with the Israel.
In spite of their personal belief concerning the matter, every U.S. president since the rebirth of the state of Israel has publically supported the right of Israel to exist and pledged support for the nation with financial and strategic military support.
Recently, some watchers of Israel have asked, “Should evangelical Christians continue to support a nation that is in many ways secular and has not received Jesus Christ as Messiah?”
When I am asked to answer this question I point directly to Scripture. After all, Israel is God’s original chosen people. What’s more, God says He is not done with Israel just yet, as Paul writes in Romans 11:25-29 (ESV): “Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob’; ‘and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’ As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
Yes, while we cannot fully understand the ways of the God of the Universe and the Creator of all things, we should never, ever doubt His plan – even if it sometimes doesn’t make sense to our human minds.
What really concerns me is what has happened to the nations that have turned away from God and support of His chosen people.
Here are few other Scripture passages to look to when you are asked to defend your support of Israel.
“I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3, (ESV).
An example of a Gentile receiving a blessing from God because of love for Israel is the healing of the Roman centurion’s servant in Luke 7:2-6 (NIV): “There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, ‘This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them.”
Finally, a few other notable items (I could include more if space allowed):
– The roots of Christianity are in Judaism (Rom. 15:27).
– Jesus Christ has a Jewish lineage (Matt. 1:1-16).
– God commands us to pray for peace in Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).
Tim Yarbrough is editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News.