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Why Christians Should Support Israel

by Greg Laurie on Oct 27, 2023

What is happening in Israel is not about Palestine or the Palestinian people. And it is even bigger than Hamas and Israel. Plain and simple, this is about the hatred of the Jewish people. These are God’s chosen people, and Christians should be ready to support Israel.

An Alarming Rise of Antisemitism

We have an alarming rise of antisemitism across the world right now. Even in our universities here in the United States, right on the heels of the recent attack on innocent Jewish people in their homeland of Israel.

Women were assaulted, and babies were beheaded and kidnapped to be used as human shields and bargaining chips. And students on our college campuses are holding rallies in support of Hamas, the very organization that did this.

It’s so shocking to see this. We have colleges like Harvard, where we have people seeking a higher education, marching in step with the false narrative that Israel is an apartheid state. 

I don’t think these people even know what that truly means, it’s just something that’s parroted!

Accusations & Enemies Against Israel: Apartheid, Stolen Land, Iran…

It is not an apartheid state. “Apartheid” became well known because of what happened in South Africa, where the black population was treated differently than the white population; the white population was favored. There is nothing of that kind going on in Israel.

Arab citizens of Israel have the same rights as Jewish citizens. There are even Arab people serving in their Knesset, Israel’s legislative body. In fact, 20% of all citizens in Israel are Arab. In contrast, there are no Jewish people living under Palestinian rule.

The people of Israel want to live in peace. Even when they’ve been attacked in battle and gained ground, they gave the land back because they want peace so desperately.

They even gave Gaza to the Palestinian people, and they elected the bloodthirsty terrorist organization, Hamas, to represent them.

So when you look at the enemies of Israel, like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran—who back these organizations—they are not looking at a two-state solution, they are looking for a final solution (I’m using the verbiage of the Nazis).

When you have the leaders of Iran saying their objective is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, how do you negotiate with that mentality?

Israel’s also accused of stealing the land they live in, but we know God gave that land to the nation Israel; it is their land.

In the book of Joshua, the tribes of Israel took possession of the land as an inheritance from God Himself. The word “inheritance” is found 50 times in the early chapters of Joshua, reminding us that the Jewish people inherited their land. They did not win it as a spoil of battle or purchase it through a business transaction. They inherited the land.

In other words, the Lord, who owned the land, gave it to them.

Jewish Hate Is Nothing New

This goes back centuries. Egypt wanted to destroy the Jews when Pharaoh gave the order to murder the Jewish baby boys (Exodus 1). Ancient Persia (modern Iran) wanted to eradicate the Jews through the wicked plot of Haman (Esther 3). Fast forward: Adolf Hitler had his “Final Solution” to destroy the Jewish people and ultimately murdered over 6 million of them in the Holocaust. But God intervened. 

Now we have Hamas committing murders and unthinkable atrocities; it is pure evil. But God always intervenes—He raised up Moses to deliver the Jews from Pharaoh and Egypt. He raised up Queen Esther to use her influence to save her fellow Jews from the plot to destroy them.

After the Holocaust, God raised up the Jews themselves to return to their homeland and become a nation again on May 14, 1948.

But why this hatred for the Jewish people?
Answer: Satan hates what God loves. God loves and chose the Jews as His very own people.
Why? God Himself gives the answer: “The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:7–8 NLT). 

It’s important to also mention that there’s a teaching happening in the Church called “Replacement Theology.” It basically says that God is done with Israel and that the Church—believers in Jesus Christ—has taken their place. In other words, they are no longer God’s chosen people, we are.

The fact is that they have always been—and always will be—God’s chosen people. But we as Christians have been “grafted in” to the promises given to the Jewish people by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 

Christians Should Support Israel

From the Jews came our Bible. From the Jews came our Messiah. We owe them a great debt, and now we must pray for them as a nation and a people.

Many were silent when this happened only a few generations ago in Nazi Germany, but we cannot be now. As Christians, we must stand up for our Jewish friends and the nation of Israel. These are God’s very chosen people!

Again, God gave them this homeland that they returned to as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. They have every right and responsibility to defend themselves from this evil that has come upon them like a violent storm from Hell itself. 

Scripture tells us to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). Let’s do that together. I also pray that a great spiritual awakening will sweep the Holy Land and that many—both Jews and Palestinians caught up in this conflict—will turn to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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