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Evangelical Christians’ support for Israel, and their longing for Armageddon

Wrapping up a trip to Israel, former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a long time advocate of Israel, says he was struck by the fact that Israel has firmer support from American Christians than from American Jews.

And then there was George Bush trying to talk French president Jacques Chirac into supporting the invasion of Iraq:

Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East… The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled… This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”

Despite strong Republican support for Israel, Josh Marshall offers his explanation for the lacking support of Israel from the American Jewish community, the deeper issues:

One of which is the inability of the Republican Party to attract substantial numbers of Jewish voters. This is treated as odd by many political observers, reasoning that the GOP has adopted such hard line positions on the Arab-Israeli conflict that surely this should lead to an increasing number of American Jews voting for the Republican Party.

Some would say that the failure is explained by the fact that Jews are Americans and they’ve got a lot of other issues that matter to them beside Israel – which is, of course, true. And needless to say … the Democratic Party is also extremely pro-Israel in its policies.

But the real issue may be that:

American Jews tend to support Israel because of a mix of nationalism, ethnic identification, religious belief and democratic values, while the religious right tends to support Israel because its existence will hasten the apocalypse when God will vanquish the Jews en masse in hellfire and turn Israel into a vast evangelical theme park. So the two groups sort of come at the issue from different perspectives.

Matthew Yglesias adds:

The larger truth is just that Evangelicals, on average, … are just generally inclined toward an affection for violence, brutality, and authoritarianism.

Evangelicals are much more inclined than Jews to believe that using the military to kill foreigners is a wise and moral approach to security issues. That’s not because Evangelicals are more “supportive of America” than Jews are, it’s because they’re more supportive of violence.

Ending on this note:

I know some Evangelical Christians who are pacifists, which is about what you would think a Christian would be if you read the Bible. But by-and-large, the Evangelical self-identity correlates with hawkish opinions in the United States.

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2 Responses to “Evangelical Christians’ support for Israel, and their longing for Armageddon”

  1. It is shocking how the evangelicals support Israel and all the violence. I enjoy watching the TCT.TV, a very inspiring Christian channel. The point when I normally change channel is when they come in with their pro Israel propaganda which I cannot stomach at all. It is so out of it. I even wrote them and mentioned it to them that this Jewish propaganda is OUT OF PLACE, the Jews are NOT the elect people of God anymore due to rebellion and unbelieve, the elect are God’s true children who love and serve HIM.
    Our job as Christians is to sew love and peace and preach the gospel in season and out of season and go out to find the sheep and bring them in. Not to chase after a nation who has abandoned the Savior and mocks Christianity, unless they are in search of the truth.

  2. Regardless of whether this discussion focuses on Israel or the U.S. or another given country, it is remarkable that so many believers espousing Biblical values support war as being God’s will and God’s way.

    To say the least, they’re stuck way back in the Old Testament era, the thinking being that the U.S. is some sort of modern-day “Israel”, performing God’s will in the world and smiting His enemies.

    The reality? I don’t know if God is so comfortable being saddled with any one country that kills innocent civilians and destroys nations on the many pretenses of war, while in fact just working their own agenda. Or better said, the agenda of the powers that be.

    The fact is far too many believers of all types put their allegiance to the state above their loyalty and obedience to the God they claim to worship, above His Word, above reason, and certainly above justice and truth and love. They get their nationalism and their religion mixed up.

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