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Israel is unlike any other nation on the face of the earth. Every other nation was created by an act of man, but Israel was created by the Creator God of the universe, set apart to carry out God’s redemptive narrative. It is no secret that Israel has a lot of enemies, but in recent years, there has been one group that has stood with them—evangelical Christians. 

Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that this alliance may be wavering. According to Brooking.edu, a poll conducted by the University for North Carolina at Pembroke researchers, younger generations of evangelicals are far less supportive than older evangelicals. Author Telhami writes, “The poll found a dramatic shift in attitudes between 2018 and 2021: support for Israel among young evangelicals dropped from 75% to 34%.” In another recent article, former Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer states, “People have to understand that the backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is the evangelical Christians. It’s true because of numbers and also because of their passionate and unequivocal support for Israel…” The affairs of Israel may seem inconsequential to young American evangelicals, but the Bible gives us reason to believe that those who honor his chosen people honor him, and in return will find his favor.

God makes this very clear from the beginning when he establishes his covenant with Abraham. Genesis 12:3 tells us that God will bless those who bless Abraham’s heritage and curse those who curse them. 

In addition to this protective covenant, Pastor John Hagee writes, “Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith.” The Jewish people provided the sacred scriptures, the prophets, the patriarchs, the 12 disciples and most notably, Jesus. 

Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” This is just one example of the Bible promising prosperity to the allies of Israel. Time and time again, Scripture tells of the blessings and favor for those who support Israel. 

As allegiance to Israel decreases with the coming generation of young evangelicals, those who support Israel have a responsibility to share their love for the Jewish people and to carry it on to the generations to come. What an honor we have to connect with the roots of our faith and build relationships with the people who live there. 

 

 

 

Learn more:

As Israel increasingly relies on US evangelicals for support, younger ones are walking away: What polls show, by Shibley Telhami at Brookings. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/05/26/as-israel-increasingly-relies-on-us-evangelicals-for-support-younger-ones-are-walking-away-what-polls-show/

Support for Israel among young US evangelical Christians drops sharply— survey, by Jacob Magid at The Times Of Israel. https://www.timesofisrael.com/support-for-israel-among-young-us-evangelicals-drops-sharply-survey/

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