Why Support the Nation of Israel?
Christians have a genuine, God-given desire to support the nation of Israel. It should be natural for a true Bible-believing Christian to want to stand up for God’s chosen nation. However, most of us are not as informed as we should be about the issues that Israel faces on a daily basis. These issues affect not only Israel, but also the Judeo-Christian community and Western, likeminded Bible-based democracies.
On May 14, 1948, when prophecy was fulfilled and the State of Israel was reborn, 600,000 Israelis faced 80 million Arabs! Sixty thousand ill-equipped Israeli ‘soldiers’ of a newly organized army crushed an alliance of the surrounding Arab armies totaling 600,000 [a ratio of one to ten] who were well trained, heavily armed and reinforced by units from additional Arab countries.
The inevitable question Mark Twain posed in September 1899 bears repeating here:
“All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains: What is the secret of his immortality?”
By every human reckoning, they should have been extinct long ago. Great empires crushed them in decades past. They were scattered among hostile Gentile nations, reviled by perpetually radical anti-Semites, and incinerated by Nazi hordes in the fires of the Holocaust. Yet, God has preserved them as a presence unique to the whole of human reality.
Even in Western nations, anti-Semitism is on the rise again. Within mainstream Protestantism in particular, and Christianity in general, where the Jewish people and Israel should be supported, the anti-Semitic tenets of Replacement Theology have spread like wildfire. This has resulted in proponents dedicated to replacing the Jews as God’s chosen and displacing the State of Israel using the spiritually erroneous claim that the church is God’s new Israel.
In fulfillment of God’s promise to Abram that through Israel God would bless all the families of the earth, the Jewish people have contributed more to the welfare of humanity—in the fields of medicine, technology, military and economy, to name just a few—than most of the Western nations combined. Despite this fact, Israel is constantly pummeled in the United Nations. Militant Muslims are increasingly populating Europe, so much so that they must suspend virtually all cooperation with Israel to avoid the wrath of Muslim terrorism. Israel has become so alienated that some Israeli military officials must avoid travel to some European countries for fear that they may be arrested as war criminals.
It is evident that most who claim to be Christians either fail to understand what the Bible says about Israel, or, accepting modern popular opinion, they willfully go against what the Scriptures teach. The forces arrayed against Israel are well organized and quite committed to her destruction. As a Christian, you would be wise to make sure which side you are on based upon what the Bible has to say about Israel and your responsibility toward her.
That is why we do well to understand the modern State of Israel, current events in the Middle East, and the plight of the Jewish People from a Biblical perspective. As we study the Jewish nation through the prism of the Scriptures, we clearly see God working in Israel’s history and His dealing with the State of Israel in modern times, and we can understand the glorious future He has planned for this nation.
There are three practical ways we can show our support for Israel.
• Pray for Israel
In Psalm 122:6, we are told to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
If you and I are asked to pray for someone, we want to know more about that person in order to better pray for them. And so it is with Israel. In order to effectually pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we should become better informed and follow the events that our friends in Israel face on a weekly basis.
• Be a blessing to the Jewish people
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 12:3.
As we fulfill the Scriptural command to be a blessing to the Jewish people, we will be truly blessed by the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David. In fact, we have already been so blessed by the many clever inventions of the Jewish mind. Jewish writers gave us the Scriptures we hold so dear. Our Savior was born into a Jewish family. The first Christians, churches and pastors were Jewish. We should be a blessing to them not only because it is commanded and because we are promised a blessing if we do so. We should be a blessing to them because of all that we have already received from them.
• Visit the Holy Land
“Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem,” Psalms 122:2.
There is no way to describe the experience of standing on the Mount of Olives and overlooking the city of Jerusalem—a city that has witnessed the history of the Bible and seen the greatest prophets and kings stand within her gates. When one walks where Jesus and His disciples once walked, it brings clarity to the Bible stories we read. But as you travel the country, I would encourage you not only to see the sights but also to see the people and their need, which we can help meet. God still loves His chosen people, and He will use us to express that love to them as we visit with them in their land.
It was God Who created the nation of Israel. It was God Who established them in the land of Israel. And it was God Who over the past three-and-a-half millennia has preserved this people as a testimony to the fact that He keeps His promises. He has brought them back, and it is He Who will ultimately deliver them, once and for all, from their enemies. For this reason, the Prophet Isaiah tells us: “Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her,” Isaiah 66:10.