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Should Christians Support Israel?

By: Dr. Dillon Burroughs
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As Israel and Hamas continue their conflict in Gaza, the rest of the world argues over which group to support. Much of the mainstream media portrays Israel as the aggressor, while other sources affirm Israel’s right to defend its land and people. What view should Christians have regarding Israel?

First, it’s clear the land and people of Israel (Jews and all others) are of great importance to God. The Bible calls Israel the Promised Land of the Jews. Abraham first came to the land where it was included as part of God’s blessing to him and his descendants (Genesis 12:1-3). Joshua led the Israelites into this same land generations later. The judges and kings of Israel ruled the land for centuries before God judged the land through Babylonian invasion. Even at that time, God promised to later return them to the land of Israel, a prophecy fulfilled 70 years later.

In the first century, Jerusalem fell to the Romans in 70 A.D. The nation of Israel then ceased to exist until its modern re-establishment following World War II that took place in 1948. Since then, Israel has become a major economic and technological player among the nations of the Middle East.

Second, Israel is a land rich in religious value for Jews, Christians, and even Muslims. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, the Judges, David, Solomon, Jesus, and the early church all lived in this land. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, while many of the Bible’s major events took place in Jerusalem.

Third, Israel is the longest-standing democracy in the Middle East. This alone should warrant some level of support from Western democratic nations. Both Christians and non-Christians who support democratic societies in which government is led by the people and for the people can support the modern nation of Israel.

Fourth, God has a future plan for Israel according to the Bible. Revelation 21 and 22 speak of a New Jerusalem, a heavenly city where God dwells with His people. Prior to this time, Scripture also speaks of a future Jewish temple in Jerusalem that will be defiled by the Antichrist (Daniel 8:13; 9:17; 11:31; Matthew 24:15).

While Christians need not support every policy and decision made by the government of Israel, there are certainly several reasons Christians can support the nation of Israel and its people. It’s importance to God, its historical significance, its long-lasting democracy, and future role in Scripture all highlight the great value of Israel in Christian history and beliefs.

The Bible teaches God’s people to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), a principle that can also certainly extend to the entire nation. We are to pray for peace, for the spiritual and physical condition of those on all sides, and seek to help in practical ways as we are able.

We can begin today by praying about the current conflict involving Israel and encourage others to support Israel and peace in the region. While lasting peace may not take place until Christ’s return, we can still work toward making a difference now in whatever ways we can, seeking the good of the land where our Lord Jesus was born, lived, and served.

Dr. Dillon Burroughs

Dr. Dillon Burroughs

Dillon Burroughs serves as senior writer at The John Ankerberg Show and has written nearly 40 books on issues of faith and culture. He is also an associate editor for The Apologetics Bible for Students and has contributed to many works on apologetics and Christian worldview. Dillon is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a PhD in Leadership from Piedmont International University. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife, Deborah, and their three children.
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Noah had 3 sons, Ham, Shem, & Japheth .. The middle son Shem is the father of the Shemites or Semites if you will .. The youngest son Japheth was the Grandfather of Ashkenaz .. Askenaz was NOT a Shemite .. There are many towns that bare the name of Ashkenaz in one form or another .. Go to Google Maps and you will see the Name of Ashkenaz venerated and the history is very clear .. This is where the Ashkenazi people put down their roots .. The Ashkenazi or Khazar were ordered by their King Kagan to convert… Read more »

Mike
Mike

What about
Mat 21:42
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Mat 21:43
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

The nations of Christendom are bring forth the fruits of Jesus, the nation-state of Israel is not.
Did Jesus lie?

Barbara Stokes

Thank you for that good overview of Israel, the apple of God’s eye.

nashwan
nashwan

Dear Sir,
you are giving so much of misleading information in your articles

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