Friends of Israel Editor: Accusations Against “Christian Zionists” Couldn’t be “More Slanderous or Perverse”

We are Christian Zionist.
We support the Nation of Israel as a sovereign country. We believe this nation has roots directly from the ancient Hebrews and Israelites of the Bible, and are one and the same people. We believe the Jews, and by extension, the current Nation of Israel, have exclusive rights to the area commonly known as the “Holy Land”, and have the sole right to determine who is allowed to reside within that territory. We classify ourselves as “brothers” and “sisters” to modern Jews, with a commonality through Almighty God, Creator of the Universe; the same God of the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible, with all of us descended from Adam and Eve of Genesis. We fully support Israel’s right to exist and live peacefully and securely with their neighbors. We fully support Israel’s right to defend herself against all enemies, both internal and external. We consistently pray for our Jewish friends and for God’s protection for the Nation of Israel. We believe Genesis 12:3 where God states: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Few accusations by those who claim to be frontline seekers of peace and tranquility could be more slanderous or perverse. Furthermore, in addition to other gross inaccuracies in the brochure, there is this one: Christian Zionists “treat Israelis and Palestinians not as neighbors to be loved, but as pawns in a cosmic drama of divine vengeance and retribution. The conclusion of this drama involves the death of all non-Christians, including Jews, through apocalyptic warfare or divine judgment.”
No genuine Christian Zionist can justifiably be accused of “the dehumanization of Israelis and Palestinians.” The very hint of such an accusation is preposterous.

Sadly, the clarifying paragraphs of the brochure reveal the guts of an agenda based more on reactionary bigotry than scholarly research and legitimate observation. It is but one more example of an organization that has consistently endorsed, defended, and enabled the most radical elements in society while targeting those with whom it disagrees. Never mind the protestations about an inclusive, loving embrace for all people of faith, stripe, or distinction.

Mark D. Tooley, director of the United Methodist committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, put his finger on the problem. In an article titled “Christian Zionists: The Real Terrorists,” published in December in, he wrote, What actually frustrates the NCC is that pro-Israel sentiment in the U.S.-which includes but is far from restricted to evangelicals-has prevented the U.S. from forcing Israel into surrender and a disastrous settlement. A 2003 Pew poll showed that U.S. white evangelicals favored Israel over the Palestinians by 54 to 6 percent, compared to general American support, which tips toward Israel by a robust 41-to-13 percent.

Mainline Protestants and Catholics favored Israel by two-to-one margins. More than 60 percent of evangelicals thought Israel would play a role in the Second Coming, along with 21 percent of Mainline Protestants and one quarter of Roman Catholics.

That Americans as a whole . . . are more partial to Israel than the Palestinian cause is informed not just by Israel’s role in the Bible but by modern history. Democratic Israel is seen as a miraculous regathering of an ancient people into a successful nation state. Terrorist factions often seem more enthusiastic about destroying their Jewish neighbors than creating a country of their own.

And about the claim that Christian Zionists ignore or minimize the suffering of Palestinian Christians, believers in Iraq and Iran, and Muslims under such radical Islamist rules as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the horrifically murderous Sudanese Islamists: Take a look at who is praying, reaching out, rescuing, and speaking out for these beleaguered people. You’ll find that a large majority are Zionist Christians who understand what is going on and other believers, many in Mainline churches, whose compassionate convictions are at odds with their leaders’ prejudices.

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