Monday, September 29, 2014

Christianity and Israel

A couple of months ago, I had a conversation with a Christian brother about the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Although he said that he had some serious questions about the situation, he told me that, in the end, he supported Israel. And when I asked “why,” he said, “Well, I’m a Christian, and Christians have to stand with Israel no matter what.”

I find this to be the position of many Christians, particularly those who consider themselves evangelicals, and they ground their support on their interpretation of the Bible. There are other believers who hold a very different opinion. They don’t see any biblical mandate requiring unwavering support; therefore, their support is shaped by the situation. Below are two articles that articulate these two perspectives:

Now I think this is an important topic for people of faith to consider; therefore, I offer the following question for your consideration:

  • Are Christians obligated to support the State of Israel? If so, why? If not, what factors should be considered?

Please leave any comments that you think are appropriate. And this isn’t limited to just Christians. I’d love to hear from people from other faith traditions.