Throughout Scripture, we as God’s people are admonished to pray for the nation of Israel and all that that entails. We are encouraged to seek the welfare of the children of Abraham, especially those descended from his son: Isaac. Furthermore, the Bible proves that a person would not want to be caught cursing or speaking against Israel. Many a “horror story” has overtaken those who’ve made this fatal mistake. So with all of this biblically-historical evidence, why is the support of Israel always such a sticky political issue? What say ye?
Pray for Jerusalem
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good. (Psalm 122:6-9)
Jerusalem is the blessed royal citadel of the Hebrew people. Originally, the capital of David and his son, Solomon, and his son’s son, Rehoboam, as well as the rest of the kings of the Northern Kingdom of Judah after the tribal split.
As Jerusalem is the nation’s capital before the tribal split and after the captivity, Jerusalem does not just represent a fancy city, but the seat of the nation’s authority and power. Just like President Obama governs from Washington, D.C., just like the seat of the Babylonian empire was Babylon, just like Thyatira was the seat of the Roman goddess Diana (Greek goddess Artemis), so the power and authority of Israel emanates from Jerusalem. Therefore, to attack Jerusalem is to attack that nation itself.
Pray for the Jews
If you consider yourself a true Christian, you are merely a member in the “new edition” of Judaism. In fact, Christianity is almost always grouped together with Judaism as the “Judeo-Christian” school of religion and thought. As Christians, we are the children of Abraham. Israel (Jacob) is our brother as are his descendants. Jesus Himself speciﬁcally chose to be born as a Jew and never lost His “Jewishness” whilst establishing Christianity. The founding fathers of our faith—the apostles—were also Jews. And lest we forget, salvation was “of the Jews” and to them ﬁrst. Then to the Gentiles (John 4:22; Acts 1:8).
I should also point out that although our Jewish brethren must accept Christ as their Messiah to be saved, Christians do not replace Jews in God’s eyes or in His overall plan of salvation. The Jews are still—and will always be—the apple of His eye. We are grafted into the tree of Abraham’s faith; not the other way around. The one cannot exist without the other. Therefore, the fact that God spoke a blessing and curse over those who respectively bless or curse Israel, are pretty darn good reasons to pray for His chosen people.
Support Israel Financially
If we have the heart and hands of God, then we should also have the money of God and give what we can to bless and assist our Jewish brothers and sisters. There are plenty of projects to choose from that would provide you a benevolent outlet such as Christians United for Israel (CUFI), International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), programs that help assimilate Ethiopian Jews into Israeli life, programs that ﬂy Russian Jews to Israel, and many more. Whatever you can give, great or small, will make all the difference in blessing the people of Israel and be sure to touch God’s heart.
Support Israel Politically
All of the former points bring me to this particularly important note: all of our blessing Jews, praying for Jerusalem, and giving to their causes means nothing if we do not support them politically. From Laban to Balaam to Judas Iscariot (only one of the three named lived past their slight of Israel or a Jew), we see what happens when we do not choose to bless and act in the favour of Israel. The nations that chose to stand against Israel throughout history—even if God temporarily allowed a nation or empire to overtake them such as the Babylonian Empire—those nations wound up cursed and more often than not, completely desolate. I do not say this to scare you, but merely to list facts.
1 + 1 = 2
Blue + Yellow = Green
You + Bless Israel = Blessed You
You + Curse Israel = Cursed You (Genesis 12:3).
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. (Genesis 12:3)
Ever since Israel’s recognition as a nation in 1948, they have ever been our ally. That in and of itself is reason enough to support them politically. Whether the government chooses to admit it or not, we share a common enemy: the Muslim East who would see us dead as inﬁdels and believers of the Judeo-Christian faith. We do not say this out of hate, but truth. We love Muslims with the love of God, yet we remain “wise as serpents” in our dealings with them. 9/11 may have been a one time occurrence for the U.S., but terrorist attacks take place daily in Israel. Not all Muslims believe in Jihad and not all Arabs are Muslims. Yet the vast majority of the Middle-East is Jihad-believing Muslims. We must be vigilant.
Israel deserves our support in every way possible. Just as no African deserved to be enslaved because they were black, just as no person of Irish descent deserved to be treated like a second-class citizen because they were Irish, and just as no “undesirable” person deserved to be placed in a work camp or gassed to death simply because they were not Aryan, no Jew deserves to be cursed, unsupported, or discriminated against because they are Jews. How would you ever account to God for your wrong? How will we as a nation account to God for our lack of support should we continue to diminish Israeli boundaries and refuse them the right to defend themselves. Israel deserves our full and free support. What say ye?