EVANGELICAL LEADERS 'BLESS' ISRAEL IN A NEW WAY!
By Rev. Ted Pike
6 Sep 07
Yesterday, our staff writer Harmony
Grant commented on how 34 evangelical leaders broke ranks with
their “Israel-first” brethren and requested President
Bush more even-handedly approach the Palestinian dilemma.
Their letter to the White House includes an astonishing assertion: “Blessing” Israel
does not necessarily mean praising her and providing the horrific
and maiming weapons of war. It does not mean reflexively taking Israel ’s
side against Palestinians. Rather, these leaders assert, to bless
Israel is to encourage her to a higher ethical standard - a standard
achieved by the Hebrew prophets.
“As evangelical Christians," say these leaders, "we
embrace the biblical promise to Abraham, ‘I will bless them
who bless you.’ (Genesis 12:3)" What is spiritual blessing?
These leaders reply: “Genuine love and blessing means acting
in ways that promote the genuine and long-term well-being of our
neighbors. Perhaps the best way we can bless Israel is to encourage
her to remember, as she deals with her neighbor Palestinians, the
profound teaching on justice that the Hebrew prophets proclaimed
so forcefully as an inestimably precious gift to the world.”
What? No more blessing Israel through tanks and goliath bulldozers
to flatten West Bank towns and olive orchards? No more Apache helicopters
to rain hell-fire missiles and canisters of debilitating nerve gas
stamped “Made in the U.S.A. ” on hapless Palestinians? (See, "Why
the Mid-East Bleeds" video) For most evangelicals, "blessing" Israel
has meant carte blanche approval, money and military hardware. Some
like John Hagee want us to “bless” Israel by precipitating
war with her enemy, Iran .
Yet 34 evangelical leaders now agree with the Bible that the greatest
blessing we give anyone, Jew or Gentile, is to exemplify God’s
love by speaking the whole truth and even rebuking evil. Why is this
spiritual blessing of truth so important? We all have eternal souls
which need, more than anything else, to be blessed by learning of
Jesus Christ's love and justice - a gospel whose compassion immediately
extends caring hands to the physical needs of a suffering world.
Well done, evangelical leaders! You do precisely what the National
Prayer Network has advocated for decades: return to a Biblical definition
of what it means to bless anyone. This contradicts the century-old,
Zionist-dictated definition of blessing Israel which only curses
America , the entire Mideast , and Jewish and evangelical souls.
These 34 leaders request a personal meeting with the President
to discuss their enlightened perspectives and explore others. Let
us pray he grants their request!
I pray also that countless evangelicals and their leaders will support
this pioneering initiative. Those who signed this letter to the
President, in seeking true Biblical values and proclaiming them in
the face of certain controversy, have done the right thing. Millions
of Christians and Americans should come forward and do the same.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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