Now is the time to stand with Israel

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our hearts are heavy as we watch the images of violence and bloodshed in Israel and Gaza.
Once again, this tiny spot on the map has grabbed world attention.
Once again, all the political and humanitarian efforts to bring about peace
have fallen short.
Once again, the tide of world opinion is turning against the nation of Israel.

Yet, this should come as no surprise to those who know God’s word:

“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:2).

The only hope for peace was born in the Middle East. Yeshua the Messiah is the Prince of Peace. Only through Him can true and lasting peace come to Israel, indeed to all of the world. Only when Palestinians and Jews can say to one another, "I love you in Jesus’ name" will the whole world take note and see the power of the gospel.

This must be our hope as believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. As evangelical Christians, we must obey the admonition of Scripture:

"Shaalu shalomYerushalaim—Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6).

As followers of Jesus, we must demonstrate that loving Israel does not mean hating Arabs.

"…you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).

As followers of Jesus, we mourn for the innocents in Gaza who have been victims as well.
As God’s people, committed to peace, we call for restraint on both sides of the conflict.
As lovers of the God of Israel, we must remember His promise concerning the children of
Abraham,

"I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse" (Genesis 12:3).

As those committed to the word of God, we must remember concerning the Jewish
people that

"…theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all forever praised!" (Romans 9:4,5)

Christian friends,

"The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" (Romans 11:29).

So must our support for the survival of Israel in this dark hour be irrevocable.
Now is the time for Christians to stand by Israel.
Now is the time for Christians to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Now is the time for Christians to pray for God’s protection over all the innocents caught
up in this conflict.

Now is the time for Christians to share the love of Messiah Jesus with Jews and Arabs alike.