This is a follow on to an earlier post titled, Why are so many Christians Anti-Semitic? Part I.

And we begin by examining two passages of Scripture which are important to the issue of Israel. The first is found in Ezekiel 11:16, which reads, “Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.”

The above passage tells us that even though Jews have remained dispersed throughout many nations including the United States since the Babylonian invasion, they are to be protected by those host nations; hence the word sanctuary. This means that as Christians we have a spiritual obligation to befriend all Jews that live among us.

The next passage to consider is Genesis 12:3, which states, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” This passage makes it clear that to befriend Israel will bring blessings, but to become Israel’s enemy will bring cursing.

And when taken together, Genesis 12:3 and Ezekiel 11:16 not only give guidance but convey a strong warning from God to those who choose not to comply. That is why I stated in the earlier post that I find it appalling that so many Christians are anti-Semitic.

Even so, that does not alter the facts; Israel does have enemies within the Christian camp. And giving fuel to this illogical fire is a very influential figure to the Arab world, former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

Although he seems to have maintained a single position over the years regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue, it is reported that Carter recently reaffirmed his support for a Palestinian state, apart from negotiation with Israel. Specifically, that means he supports the present Palestinian plan of unilaterally seeking state recognition by the UN later this month.

Whether the former President understands it or not, his position in no way makes things better or safer in the Middle East. In fact, it makes things far worse. And when you add his position to that of our present President who has definitely favored the Arabs’ and Palestinians’ position over that of the Israelis, it is no wonder the Arabs and Palestinians appear emboldened.

President Obama’s and President Carter’s position on the Middle East can be likened to playing Russian roulette with only one bullet removed from the revolver. Odds are, the outcome will not be favorable. If the Palestinians do in fact request and obtain some form of statehood recognition from the UN apart from negotiations with Israel, the result most assuredly will lead to unnecessary bloodshed. And I my opinion, Carter and Obama will be partly to blame.

And I dare not say that without these two famous and influential international figures being on the wrong side of history, there probably would never have been an Arab Spring, let alone the present Israeli-Palestinian state.

There is an old saying, “If you make your bed, you must lie in it.” And no one understands that now more than Obama, although I am sure he wishes it were not so. During the last Presidential Election, the President garnered some 80% of the Jewish American vote. But today, Jews in this country are turning from the President because of his treatment of Israel.

One report says donations from the Jewish community are way down. Another speaks to a growing disapproval. The bottom line is that he can no longer depend upon backing from some of those who have traditionally been big Democrat supporters.

So, now the President has second thoughts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One might liken it to a runaway train. Once it gets going full speed ahead, it suddenly becomes obvious the brakes are out.

Since before his election, Obama has been on the side of the Palestinians. And that means he has been against the Israelis. While he may not agree with that assessment, this is an issue about which there is no middle ground; one is either pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian/Arab.

But Obama is now in reelection mode. The polls have not been favorable to him lately, and there is no sign things will change for the better anytime soon. However, he must try to turn things around. And that means he must at least give the appearance of supporting Israel.

Word is the US will veto any move by the Palestinians to become a state unilaterally if it comes before the Security Council, although it appears General Assembly approval is all but certain.

And while full statehood cannot be obtained without Security Council approval, any lesser status will be an embarrassment to the US and Israel to say the least.

I can fully understand why Obama is anti-Israel. After all, he sat under the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright for twenty years. And Wright is undeniably anti-Israel. But what I find difficult to comprehend is President Carter’s attitude toward the Jewish state. He says he is a Christian. But how can anyone be Christian and oppose Israel? How can anyone be Christian and side with the Palestinians/Arabs?

Jews and Christians have the same roots. Much of our Bibles are the same. Therefore, when a Christian opposes the Jews, he is in effect opposing his own faith. Some time ago, the Rev. Dr. Pat Robertson gave a wonderful speech, a speech that puts this whole issue in perspective. Taken from The Official Site of Pat Robertson, part of that speech reads as follows:

“Moses and the ancient prophets of Israel were inspired by God. We believe that the emergence of a Jewish state in the land promised by God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was ordained by God.
We believe that God has a plan for this nation which He intends to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth.

Of course, we, like all right-thinking people, support Israel because Israel is an island of democracy, an island of individual freedom, an island of the rule of law, and an island of modernity in the midst of a sea of dictatorial regimes, the suppression of individual liberty, and a fanatical religion intent on returning to the feudalism of 8th Century Arabia.

These facts about modern day Israel are all true. But mere political rhetoric does not account for the profound devotion to Israel that exists in the hearts of tens of millions of evangelical Christians.

You must realize that the God who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai is our God. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our spiritual Patriarchs. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel are our prophets. King David, a man after God’s own heart, is our hero. The Holy City of Jerusalem is our spiritual capital. And the continuation of Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land is a further bulwark to us that the God of the Bible exists and that His word is true.

And we should clearly take note that evangelical Christians serve a Jew that we believe was the divine Messiah of Israel, spoken of by the ancient prophets, to whom He entrusted the worldwide dissemination of His message to 12 Jewish apostles.”

Dr. Robertson could not have said it more correctly. It is ideologically and spiritually incompatible with any Christian’s faith to be anti-Semitic.

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1 Comment on Why are Christians Anti-Semitic? Part II

  1. Bruce O'H. says:

    The cancer of the Left is eating away at the church. As far as I am concerned, any Christian who is pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel is a Leftist first, a Christian second.
    Carter fits that bill.

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