This morning I listened as a journalist made the statement that after last weeks speech made by President Obama (at the UN), over 50% of all Israeli’s now firmly support President Obama. My first reaction was, ‘what does that mean?’. After all, only US citizens vote in American elections.
When did support (or nonsupport) by those outside the US become such an important factor? Maybe I’m alone in finding it bizarre, but bizarre it is….
Anyway, came upon this short article at Talk2Action,
Associated Baptist Press is reporting that Presidential hopeful Rick Perry believes that support for Israel is a theological priority. The recent endorsement of Bob Turner by former New York Mayor Ed Koch is another example of the role of Israel in American politics. Koch was not satisfied with Obama’s support of Israel and he endorsed Turner. The litmus test was support for Israel according to Koch.
Richard Land, who opened the Response meeting in Houston, has stated that support for the modern state is a biblical mandate. Perry’s good friend John Hagee is the chief protestant cheer leader for the Jewish state. Hagee believes in a version of the prosperity gospel that teaches support for the secular state of Israel brings in gifts of money to the local church. It certainly has in his case.
Moody Bible Institute once had a heritage of anti-Semitism. This changed with the new version of end of times belief systems . End of times versions of the Dispensationalist theory brought with it a new support for the current state of Israel. The late Ed McAteer, from a large Southern Baptist Church in Memphis, wanted President W. Bush to appoint him ambassador to Israel. This was to allow Israel to retake all the lands she desired. Moderate Baptist Jimmy Carter wants the Oslo agreements to remain in place and has drawn the wrath of the Anti-Defamation League.
Hagee and crowd are encouraging resettlement of these regions. I have received several offers to visit Israel with the motive that getting me and my people to these regions will bring sympathy towards the idea of resettlement.
A nation of new evangelicals now sees support for Israel as a doctrinal mandate. This was not true a generation ago…. (More: Israel and 2012 Elections)