Are Christians really commanded to defend non-believers against believers?
By Don Hank
I just now received an email from my Christian friend, L., lamenting that Jerusalem may not be awarded to Israel, despite Donald Trump’s wishes. The email contained references to the Bible but none of these mentioned a commandment of Jesus to Christians to defend the modern day secular people of Israel from people who had lived in that region for centuries and force these people to give up their homes on the highly questionable proposition that today’s secular Israelis are God’s people. Nor did it reflect anything but disdain for these people who have been evicted from their homes.
Strangely, most Christians today acknowledge that Jesus ushered in a new dispensation of grace wherein the old Jewish law and customs are to be abolished. Anyone who has read the 4 gospels knows that Jesus was not sent to earth to enforce laws or put prophecies into practice but to dispense grace to his followers.
Yet somehow, these followers have turned back to a legalistic theology that is light years removed from Christ’s teachings and they piously look again to the Old Testament guidance, ignoring their duties to love one another and Christ’s commandment to be wise. This legalistic approach to the scriptures is precisely why we have a Christian country like the US fomenting and even openly supporting terrorists in Syria and Iraq, stupidly calling them “moderates,” and these same terrorists are wreaking havoc with the hapless Syrian, Libyan and Iraqi Christians and other minorities.
No truly Christian country could do such a thing. Genuine Christians guided by the Holy Spirit would rise up in protest against their government’s abuse of the brothers and sister in the East. This wretched state of affairs is hard evidence that “Christians” have turned their backs on Christ, forcing, by their protests, their representatives to protect, not endanger, these brothers and sisters at risk of death and banishment. Thus they spurn Christ in favor of a cynical political correctness.
Israel was inhabited by God’s people who were actual descendants of Abraham. When they kept disobeying Him, he banished them. He was obliged to do this twice. After the first diaspora Ezekiel prophesied that they would be like the dry bones and would rise up and go back to their land. Sure enough, they did, within a few years after that prophecy, which is now misapplied to the modern state of Israel inhabited mostly by secular people who do not recognized the God of Abraham and mock softheaded Christians who expend blood and treasure for them. We are reaping what we sowed.
After the Jews in Bible times disobeyed again, God banished them and did not give them another chance because they were unrepentant.
Most of the people inhabiting the Holy Land today cannot trace their lineage back to Abraham. Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was not only a novelist but in fact a thorough researcher of history, wrote a history of the Russian Jews — from which most European Jews are descended. He showed that they were mostly Khazars and were not in the lineage of Biblical Jews.
65% of Israelis polled admit they are irreligious. Many are proudly atheist. They are on the side of George Soros in most areas of politics and they love to stir up wars, apparently feeling not a scintilla of compassion for their fellow humans.
When ISIS fighters are wounded in the vicinity of Israel, the Israeli clinics open their doors and take them in for free treatment. Israeli officials admit that ISIS is a boon to Israel and they treat these people like allies because they oppose Iran! Likewise, Saudi Arabia, the biggest state terror sponsor, is an ally of Israel.
Meanwhile, Iran has 600 Christian churches while the Saudis have none, having banned Christian worship, even in homes. Likewise, despite the frequently repeated outright lie that “Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terror,” Iran has never claimed responsibility for one act of terror committed in Europe or the US. That is because its people and its government are Shiite, a sect that, in the Middle East, is more tolerant than the rest of Islam, while the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and its spinoffs, and ISIS are 100% Sunni Wahhabists, the religion of Saudi Arabia (none of this is intended to characterize Sunnis outside the Middle East, many of whom are peaceful. So are many Sunnis in the Middle East for that matter). Our support for Israel is based on a gross misconception of who Israelis are and our support for the Saudi dictators is based solely on politics — the desire to prop up a dollar that is not based on gold or goods and services. It is a gigantic financial hoax – blood for dollars.
Further, while the blood thirsty Neocons insist, without a stitch of proof, that Iran is secretly developing nukes, it is a well-known fact that Israel has dozens of nukes, in contravention of international law. And yet, hypocritical American “Christians” give Israel a pass while condemning the Iranians, who have opened their doors time and again to international inspection teams and have been found to be nuke-free.
So here is my question for you:
Since Israel is no longer inhabited by descendants of Abraham, and its people are mostly irreligious, denying the power of God, why would the God who banished them previously for disobedience now turn around and give them the Holy Lands as a gift? God had always demanded obedience before. When did they become obedient? Or did God suddenly decide it is ok for “His” people to deny Him and sully His commandments?
Is it the duty of Christians to fight for the rights of a secular people, who have denied God, a land that we consider holy but most of them do not? Does Jerusalem really belong to secular people who are mostly not Jews, either spiritually or in lineage?
Where in the New Testament did Jesus command us to give these mostly non-Jews and non-believers a piece of land in the Middle East that was inhabited by Arabs, Christians and a few believing Jews for centuries?
By fighting for these non-believers, we are behaving as fools and rewriting the Bible based on a narrative that holds no water.
Instead of parroting the line “I stand for Israel,” why can’t Christians fearlessly shout “I stand for the Syrian Christians?” After all, it is politically correct to defend Israel and fight its wars, but few Christians have the courage to stand with Christians persecuted by their own government in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Kosovo and elsewhere.
By our actions we are in fact denying Christ! No wonder we never win wars!
At this rate, how long will it be before Americans are the ones driven into exile?