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A Disturbing Trend: Does Anybody Care?

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By Jan Markell /  Rapture Ready

Interest in Israel is waning. Does anybody care?

In recent weeks, several publications have put out alarming stories that evangelical support for Israel is sinking — and especially among young people.The periodicals state that a new survey reveals that there is confusion about, or indifference to, the world’s only Jewish state.

It is really a two-pronged phenomenon. There is a decline in the interest in end-times (eschatology) and a decline in interest and support for God’s Covenant land and people by those who identify as a part of the today’s church.

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The Christian Post states, “Seventy-seven percent of evangelicals, ages 65 and older, say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel, according to a Life Way Research survey. But only 58 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 34 say the same.”

The various articles indicate that young people are focused on social justice now. There is a perception that the Palestinians are “downtrodden, persecuted, and mistreated,” and therefore, sympathy is towards them. Israel is the “occupier.”

Adding to the survey were Joel Rosenberg and Chosen People Ministries. Rosenberg stated, “Unless the church gives younger believers a healthy, balanced, solidly biblical understanding of God’s love and plan for Israel, overall evangelical support for the Jewish state could very well plummet over the next decade as Millennials represent an ever-larger percentage of the overall church body.”

So who or what is to blame? May I suggest some of the following?

  • Pastors rarely teach or preach on the topic and thus it is not deemed as relevant. How can young people understand an issue if it is ignored?
  • Dispensationalism is in decline. This theology emphasizes the important and distinct roles of both Israel and the Church.
  • Replacing Dispensationalism are the troubling theologies known as Kingdom Now or Dominionism, Amillenialism, Replacement Theology, Christian Palestinianism, Preterism, and more. None of these will give Israel her proper biblical or end-time role. The emphasis will be on the church.

The latest false teaching: Christian Palestinianism

  • Many popular teachers and leaders mislead on issues relating to Israel and eschatology. Some of these include Dr. John Piper, Lynne Hybels, Hank Hanegraaff, Russell Moore, Rick Warren, Rick Wiles, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Brian MacLaren, and most postmodern and Emergent teachers. Men like Andy Stanley tell people to “unhitch from the Old Testament.” How’s that for de-emphasizing Israel’s role?? Most of the Word of Faith/prosperity teachers and almost all of the New Apostolic Reformation promote Kingdom Now/Dominionism which does not teach Israel’s rightful role in the future. Again, these theologies place more emphasis on the church.
  • The destructive “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) movement has infected all of the Mainline Protestants. They want to strangle Israel’s economy and thus “crush the occupation.” The entire World Council of Churches has signed onto BDS.

Lynne Hybels at Christ at the Checkpoint

Events like “Christ at the Checkpoint”have painted Israel as the Mideast villain and bully rather than the one free society in that region. Prominent evangelicals and social justice promoters such as Lynne Hybels speak at this event.  So do Tony Campolo, Gary Burge, Jim Wallis, Hank Hanegraaff, Shane Claiborne, and others who attract younger followers.

  • Periodicals for young people such as Relevant Magazine have turned into anti-Israel propaganda.
  • Youth events such as the Catalyst Conferenceand the Justice Conference regularly feature anti-Israel speakers, Palestinians, and speakers with off-base eschatology. Marxist Cornell West is a regular at the Justice Conference. These are targeting evangelical youth. Lynne Hybels has made the youth conference circuit, even bashing Israel’s wall of protection that has reduced Palestinian terrorism over 90%.
  • Social justice is no longer just an issue for the religious Left. If you visit the website of the National Association of Evangelicals, you will find 65 articles about social justice! Type that into their search engine.
  • Anti-Israel films like “Little Town of Bethlehem” was shown at 360 venues in 2010 including dozens of college campuses. Again, it beat the mantra of the Israeli “occupation” and focused on the Israeli soldiers who enforce it.

Christianity Today says that at best, young evangelicals are “indifferent about Israel.” With such a non-stop barrage of anti-Israel propaganda,how can young minds sort through fiction to find the facts?

The Israeli newspaper Ha-aretz is running an article that states that young evangelicals  don’t have the automatic support for Israel that their parents had. This is a generation that is suspicious of anything that is presented without explanation.They don’t want to be political pawns. They don’t adopt automatic views and positions. In order to connect them to Israel, we need to make a case for why they should support it. Future U.S. policy towards Israel is at stake! 

All of this is happening as new and young members of the U.S. Congress, including one radical Muslim from Minnesota — Rep. Ilhan Omar — are taking a strong anti-Israel stand. Their anti-Semitism is not even subtle. How many younger people will Rep. Omar, Rep. Tlaib, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez influence in the wrong direction?

While people, both young and old, can be disloyal and change sides, “He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121) God’s love and protection will never waiver for His covenant land and people.  

How odd of God,

To choose the Jews;

But not as odd, as those who choose,

The Jewish God, but spurn the Jews.

https://www.raptureready.com/2019/02/22/disturbing-trend-anybody-care-jan-markell/

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    • tonyw

      As far as I an concerned israel can sink right to the bottom.. My concern was with the headlines.. “A disturbing trend does anybody care” Sure we care …and we care a lot..but!!!! following Trump and Q we have ?????? nothing ..not one head rolled not 1 battle won yet.. Expectations are still high but hopes are dashed on the rocks …are we getting anywhere at all with ridding ourselves of the nwo or the corrupt ones in politics …seems not

    • Rockledge

      What exactly is meant by “support”?
      Preachers aren’t supposed to be using the pulpit to disseminate political propaganda, nor should the be using Gods money to do anything but do things that promote the gospel of Christ.
      If they are spouting politics from their pulpits, or soliciting for money to be used in Israel for anything but promotion of the gospel, they should lose their tax exempt status.

      I personally believe Israel is Gods chosen land, given to the Jews. And I believe in the end times they win, and win BIG.
      But it is not the Christian church at larges responsibility to resort to any kind of political activism or to fund anything that is not directly intended to tell people about Christ.

    • Slimey

      They keep up their propaganda. Negative news about Israel and the Jews from the MSM that nobody bothers to fact check. Though it is obvious the hypocrisy of who it is coming from and what they say. :cool:

    • Slimey

      Glad they don’t believe in the man-made-up “rapture”. That term is NOT even in the Bible. It has been completely debunked by many Bible scholars. But the rapture theorist loves to defy God. :twisted:

    • frosty

      I don’t think its alarming that evangelical support for Israel is sinking. It’s likely that more and more people are dismissing the propaganda and waking up to the facts:

      Judaism is not the religion practiced by ancient Israel but one derived from the teachings of the Pharisees and Saducees as recorded in the Talmud several hundred years after Christ was crucified. Judiasm refutes Christianity and condemns Christ as a blasphemer while Christianity refutes Judiasm’s claims of being the religion of a chosen race. This crazy cult of Judeo-Christianity embraces an oxymoron as something real and meaningful.

      Furthermore, of the Zionists who currently control the land of Israel and proclaim to be “God’s chosen people”, since genetic studies have identified 90% of them as not coming from Biblical Israel but from the Caucaus lands, one has to wonder…who promised anything to these Khazars? Here St. John identified them for us ” I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9)

      • Rockledge

        So in other words, when very obvious bible prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 it was all a hoax?

        Satan sure has a lot of people who will believe anything mesmerized with the media.

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