The unwavering support by some Christians for the state of Israel’s military adventures is a topic I just haven’t given much thought about until recently. These Christians support the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, and toppling any regime that they’re told poses a “threat to Israel.” Amazingly, the Evangelical right not only view Trump as a man of God for supporting Netanyahu’s lies about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, but also is a staunch defender of the the Constitution. (Yes, I am in disagreement with one of our guests and Brother Champion over this.)
There are some differences or disagreements between Christians that are just not worth jumping into such as whether the Earth is flat or round. The support of Israel; however, is a whole other matter because it involves killing, lying, and theft.
I recently posed this question to one of our past guests: “In your opinion, are Christians supposed to support Israel? And, what if their government doesn’t necessarily do what is right for the people and God? I’m sure support isn’t a salvation issue.”
Here is the response:
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.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.”
He then goes on to say:
There are no qualifications to those. God blessed them that blessed Israel, even in her rebellious state. God deals with her. And God deals with those who fight against her.
I do not take it upon myself to discipline your child. That is your business. God has always dealt with His people Israel, saved or not saved, rebellious or obedient. That is why that devil hates her so very much.
To understand the Genesis verse, we need to know what “bless” means. There are several definitions according to Webster’s and I think the following apply:
- to invoke divine care for
- to speak well of (Maybe, maybe not)
- to confer prosperity or happiness upon
- to protect or preserve
- Exodus 23:1 “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.”
- Exodus 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
- In John 8: 44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
- King Herod (King of Israel) killed all male babies two years and under in attempt the kill baby Jesus. Should the U.S. have provided military assistance? Should the CIA and NSA been utilized to track Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to Egypt?
- Beheading of John the Baptist. Should the U.S. have helped with this?
- The torture and Crucifixion of Jesus: Should the U.S. have added waterboarding to lists of tortures Jesus endured?
- Persecution of Christians by Israel. Saul sure could have used the help of U.S. intelligence and interrogation tactics to round up the Christians.
- Why is Judas called a traitor then? Jesus was sent into the world to die for our sins. Wasn’t Judas just helping fulfill prophecy? Maybe Peter should have jumped in and betrayed Jesus sooner?
- Without sin, would there be a need for prophecy? i.e. If we didn’t live in a fallen world, there wouldn’t be prophecy. Or do Christians unconsciously believe if they sin more, there will be more prophecies fulfilled?
- Doesn’t wrath mean extreme anger? Just because Christians are going to be raptured from the wrath of God doesn’t mean you should help make Him extremely angry sooner.
Americans then add another layer to all of this: Bombing and invading countries that “pose a threat to Israel” and that have not attacked, nor pose a threat to the U.S. is constitutional. The founders studied history and knew the executive branch would be most prone to take the country to war, therefore the power to go to war was vested in the Congress. President Trump is not protecting the constitution by “slapping” dictators around the world as our friend in Christ Pastor Mark said. Also, when voting for congress, we want to select congressmen that will defend the Constitution and our liberties, not congressmen that are yes-men to the president.
Let’s review the Genesis 12:3 passage again:
“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.”
There is someone quite familiar with the passage: the devil. He uses that to deceive Christians. Instead of carrying out the Great Commission, we bomb their countries, topple elected leaders, and break agreements. All this does is reinforce the idea to the Muslim world that the Christian United States is the Great Satan.
So yes, let’s bless Israel, and pray for peace. Let’s not participate in Israel’s sins. The prophets, the apostles, and Jesus didn’t.