Christian Evangelicals Turning Backs on Israel
• Blind support for genocidal policies of Zionist state no longer a prerequisite for salvation.
By Ronald L. Ray —
Zionists are worried.
For decades, conservative evangelical Christians have been among the most fervent backers of the terroristic, rogue nuclear, apartheid Zionist occupation government in the Holy Land, known as Israel. They typically also have failed, knowingly or not, to acknowledge even basic human rights for the oppressed native Palestinians—Muslim and Christian—who face racial extinction at the hands of the region’s Jewish overlords. But that seemingly impregnable mountain of support has started to erode. A growing minority of ministers and younger believers have begun to challenge the established doctrine and practice, asserting that Zionism is contrary to God’s teaching in the Bible, and that continued persecution of Palestinians is a gross violation of fundamental morality.
Evangelical Protestants are not monolithic in their theological views about modern Israel and the Jews, but nearly all share a belief in a key religious role for both, preceding the return of Jesus Christ. This—frequently combined with an ardent American exceptionalism—has made them easy marks for the warped parallel political ideology promoted by Jewish-funded shills, like Hal Lindsay and Pat Robertson. Some 80% of evangelicals have thus become not only major contributors to Zionist causes, but primary promoters of American wars and black operations on behalf of Israel and the Jews. These people act in accordance with what they consider is an ordinance from God and often believe blindly that the Jews can do no wrong. Some are so superstitious as to claim that even simple criticism of the Jews will bring down God’s curse. The Zionists, of course, have exploited this to the extreme.
Members of the New Evangelical Movement and others, however, have become increasingly vocal in questioning this longstanding bias. They believe Christian Zionism—which is more pronounced than even Jewish Zionism—has misinterpreted the Bible, leading to faulty theology and destructive, deadly politics.
Exemplary of this is the “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference held last March at Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine. The Jewish Daily Forward reported that the group “strongly condemns ‘all forms of violence’ and warns against the ‘stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.’ It also rejects ‘any exclusive claim to the land of the Bible in the name of God’ and states that ‘racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant.’”
World Vision, the Christian children’s relief organization, and the George Soros-backed Telos Group have given significant support to efforts exposing the evils of Zionism. Theological heavyweights, like William Wilson, the president of Oral Roberts University, Professor Gary Burge of Wheaton College and Reverend Stephen Sizer in England are among proponents seeking a realignment of values to bring about peace in the Holy Land for all. The Telos Group sponsors frequent trips for evangelicals to meet both Israelis and Palestinians. The pilgrims are often astonished to learn that there are countless Christian Palestinians, also persecuted by Zionists.
American and Israeli Zionists have panicked and are calling out the troops to crush this rebellion. Pastor John Hagee’s cult-like Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has sounded the war claxon, unable to tolerate dissent or acknowledge the humanity of Arabs. CUFI executive director David Brog, a Jew and cousin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (born Ehud Brog), frets in Middle East Quarterly that, “questioning Christian support for the Jewish state is fast becoming a key way for millennials to demonstrate Christian compassion and bona fides.” Brog is incensed: Israel ueber alles.
Telos co-founder Todd Deatherage counters that the new evangelicals are committed to “security, dignity and freedom” for both Palestinians and Israelis.
Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence.