Thursday, September 6, 2007

Why Christians should love Israel

Is it mere coincidence the same week two American academic elites' book criticizing the power of "The Israel Lobby" hit bookshelves that "Christianity Today, the "magazine of evangelical conviction" that I write for often, published an editorial explaining why Christians should love not only Israel but Jews, too?
The key complaint offered against dispensationalists is that they talk as though God had separate plans for saving Israel and the church. And contemporary Reformed Christians are accused of having a "replacement theology" in which the church takes the place of Israel, inheriting all of God's promises with no remainder for the Jewish people. The one view tends to find no fault with Israeli government decisions as long as they do not compromise dispensational theology. The other view tends to consider the continued existence of the Jewish people a historical anomaly with little theological significance.

But we cannot read the New Testament without seeing that the Jews continue to have a place in God's economy. Gentile Christians do not replace the Jews, but are joint heirs and wild branches grafted onto the Jewish olive tree. God's ultimate purpose in saving Gentile Christians is to save the Jews (Rom. 11).

The evangelical mainstream needs to do some rigorous theological work on its relationship to Judaism, to the Jewish people, and to the state of Israel. The concerns we must address include:

The list continues here.

For more: Check out David Remnick's commentary on Walt and Mearsheimer's book, which StandWithUs likens to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

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