Supporting Israel is the right thing to do
by Bishop Tom Brown
It is a moral imperative to support Israel. So when Representative O”Rouke voted “No” to give Israel the necessary funding for the Iron Dome he acted wrongly. The Iron Dome is not an offensive weapon; it’s purely defensive. It saves the lives, not only of Israeli citizens, but American’s visiting there right now, including some El Pasoans. It also saves the lives of Palestinians, because without it, Israel would be forced to act with less restraint, thus more Palestinians would have been killed in Gaza.
Rather than speak directly on O’Rourkes bad judgment, I want to write about the larger problem that O’Rourke’s generation has with Israel. Surveys have shown that younger Americans, like O’Rourke, are less likely to support Israel than older Americans. The reason is because young people are less incline to believe in the Bible and to go to church. As a result, their moral compass is not as accurate as it should be. Yet, I have hope for the youth.
I want to speak to this young age group as to why they should support Israel.
- To support Israel is to bring a blessing on themselves. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen 12:3). The Jews are the natural, promise seed of Abraham, and to bless the Jews is to receive God’s blessing in return. America is the most blessed nation on the earth, and it is no coincidence that it is also the biggest supporter of Israel. God keeps His Word. He will bless those that bless Israel.
- To support Israel shows she has the right to exist. America was created by citizens from other countries, primarily England. Who in their right mind would deny America its right to exist? If America has a right to exist, and she does, then Israel has even a greater right to exist because it was built by people living there and by Jews returning to their original homeland.. The territory in Israel was the original homeland for the Jews and, therefore, they have a moral right to return home.
- To support Israel is to express gratitude because they gave us their Messiah, Jesus, as our Savior. The Apostle Paul makes this argument in Romans 15:27, “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” Christians owe to Israel our material support. This is one reason I joined Christians United for Israel, and am now the area director.
- To support Israel is support the only free, democratic nation in the Middle East. If we cannot support people that share our values, then who can we support? Hamas, who is bent on Israel’s destruction, does not share our values! They recently executed three Palestinians for protesting Hamas. In Israel, you can protest the government without fear of imprisonment. Israel stands for free speech and freedom of religion.
Finally, let me address the current conflict in Israel and Gaza right now. First, Israel did not initiate the war; the terrorist group, Hamas, did by firing rockets into Israel. Since Israel is simply defending itself, it has the high moral ground in the conflict. Second, Israel is fighting an evil ideology. Hamas sees Israel as the little satan and America as the great Satan. Third, the blood of Palestinians, which all of us feel grief for, is the fault of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. You can no more blame Israel for the deaths in Gaza than you could blame the Allies for the deaths of Germans in WWII.
It is time for us to think clearly, consider the Word of God, and make sure we support our friends in Israel.