As Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage event launches this Sunday, I decided to write a little bit about why I stand with Israel now and why that will never change. Up until the past few years, I never really knew much about the problem in the Middle East concerning Israel and especially the West Bank. When Obama began to side with the Palestinians, I actually looked up the conflict. Interestingly enough what I found was the same thing that Glenn Beck has said on his radio program. The Palestinians do not have the right to claim the West Bank area and for one specific reason. That area…..is JUDEA (and Samaria) which are both part of Israel. It’s been Jewish land for over 3,000 years and yet people are claiming that they have no right to live there. It’s so sad to see people side with the Palestinians when they don’t even know the history of the area anymore because it has been twisted this way and that by world leaders for so long. By calling it the west bank, they are trying to erase the Jewish claims to the area. That’s why from now on, I won’t be calling it the West Bank. It’s Judea and Samaria.
Anyway…before I keep going on that rant… Here is why I stand with Israel and why you should too:
1. Our support of and alliance with Israel is crucial to the United States. Israel is a very strategic ally in the Middle East, considering it is our only true ally over there. (By the way, we shouldn’t be playing nice with countries that are honest to goodness out to get us and destroy us. Why are we severing alliances with countries we actually agree with most of the time and helping out countries who just want us dead?….just saying). By severing the alliance with Israel and essentially feeding them to the wolves, we are also helping to cause our own downfall. To the Muslim extremist groups that run almost every single country over there (whether it is out in the public or not), Israel is the little evil and the United States is the big evil. If we don’t stand together against them, they will have a better chance of destroying us.
2. Genesis 12:1-3 ” The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.'” This passage has several parts to look at for supporting Israel. First, God himself blessed Abraham. Abraham is the beginning of the Hebrew race essentially- God’s own chosen people. Of course, the nation would take time to develop seeing as Jacob, his grandson, is the one whose name is officially changed to Israel and whose sons represent the twelve tribes. Anyway, Israel was promised and ordained by God. Also in this verse is another reason why I support Israel. If you skim through the Bible, chances are that you will notice how those cities and people groups who dared to go against Israel and ultimately curse God himself were demolished. Yes, sometimes God had mercy (like Nineveh) or allowed the Hebrews to be captured and punished (that’s what God allowed when they were disobeying him), but very often God does actually destroy nations who curse the Hebrews and God. “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” I for one would rather be on the blessing side than the cursing side. Thirdly, and most importantly in my opinion is the last bit where God says ” and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Now, the ultimate blessing that God gave through the Israelites was the birth of Jesus Christ through a Jewish woman. Now, if you are a smart Christian are you really going to go against the very people who God planned to bring his son into the world through? The one who never denied his Jewish roots. The one who healed the servant of a Roman centurion despite the fact that they were supposed to be enemies or numerous other miracles for people not of Hebrew decent. The one who came into the world to bring salvation to all people despite their race, sex, or social status. The very one we have put our trust and faith in? I for one will not.
4. A few random cleanup bits: The Jews are God’s chosen people. Out of all the nations and people groups ever created, God CHOSE them to be his own. The Bible is a Jewish book. It was written by Jewish men, yet it is the Word of God.
Now of course there are probably more reasons, but I just named some of the top ones for now. I have to say that up until now I have been extremely proud of our country’s treatment of Israel. No other nation has ever been as supportive of the nation as we have been. For a long time we have treated them with the respect they deserve (with a few little nicks in places). Why then would we ever go back and decide that we no longer should support them?
I will be consistently praying for Israel as well as our own country and the others worldwide involved in the present mess. I think it is also important to remember that the Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. I will be giving Israel full support in the coming days as well as for the rest of my life. Israel has been a courageous nation throughout its history. I encourage you to watch Glenn Beck’s event, Restoring Courage, which launches on Sunday from Israel. I will be watching, and my guess is that much of the rest of the world will be as well.
Found this awesome video of a Arab Christian defending Israel. I also encourage you to look up for yourself why standing with Israel is the right thing to do.
P.S. Here is the keynote speech that Glenn Beck gave in Jerusalem back in August