There are a number of pragmatic reasons why America should not abandon our support of Israel. Many of these have to do with our national security and keeping the Middle East stable.
The Church however, should not be driven by pragmatism, politics, or Israel’s right to exist. Unfortunately American Churches of a liberal bent are, in fact, supporting Israel’s enemies with their feel good social missional programs that drive divestment campaigns against Israel. As unwittingly as that support may be it is, in fact, not a valid excuse.
These churches have bought into the specious argument that a Palestinian state actually exists; it doesn’t! They also advance the specious argument that Israel is an apartheid state “occupying” Palestine and trying to kill off Palestinians, so-called.
This argument is sent packing by Israel’s own enemies over 35 years ago. Way back in March of 1977, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) executive committee member Zahir Muhsein declared the truth in an interview:
The Palestinian people does [sic] not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people (emphasis mine).
So we see that over 30 years ago one of Israel’s staunchest enemies, the PLO, admits there is no such thing as a Palestinian people. So then it follows that there can be no Palestinian state!
In our day Israel is under extreme threat of annihilation and daily must bear-up under rocket attacks blasted across its borders and homicide bombings within her perimeters. Not to mention the nuclear threat from Iran and WMD’s from various quarters in the lands surrounding Israel. This onslaught is all driven from the Muslim idealogs.
Though Canada has recently shown some political support for Israel, for the most no one else stands with Israel. Even America’s support for her is vexed.
The Obama Administration’s supposed support to Israel is fractious at best. They labor to tie Israel’s hands politically, diplomatically, and militarily. While on the other hand the politicos play unwitting chumps to Israel’s Muslim and “Palestinian” enemies, supplying them with money and weapons that can be used against Israel.
The reasons for the Church to stand with Israel are not political or even philosophical. Indeed Christian Evangelicals to a great degree do support Israel. The reasons come not from the world, but from Christian doctrine, from the Holy Bible. This must at all times be the standard for Christians and for the Church.
The Abrahamic Covenant is foundational to the truths of the Bible. Abram was called out of Chaldea by God. God makes a unilateral, unconditional covenant with Abram:
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who [curses] you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12: 1-3)
The focus here is in verse 3, “I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
While the covenant is in a essence for all mankind, Israel is the tacit referent in this prophetic proclamation.
In the phrase “I will curse,” the word curse is ’ārar in the Hebrew. “There are five other Hebrew verbs with the same general meaning.”[i] However this more specifically means to bind with a spell, hem in with obstacles, or render powerless.
In one sense the meaning is self-evident. But with global sympathy largely on the side of her Arab enemies and Russia and China supporting the Muslim nations to varying degrees how is it that they are “rendered powerless”?
Firstly God will not allow Israel to be annihilated—ever (cf. Deuteronomy 33: 29). Secondly I think it can be argued that those who “curse Israel”; who seek to wound her will be “bound with the spell” of not seeing the truth of God (2 Corinthians 4: 3), and “hemmed in with obstacles” that block the truth from their minds, and “rendered powerless,” to act in anyway other than they have been programmed.
The Church of Christ must remain faithful to Christ and to His Word notwithstanding any other fuzzy-warm-feel-good social program that is antithetical to Him.
[i] Baker and Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), 100.