Letter to the Editor of Christianity Today

Read David Brickner’s letter to the editor in response to Christianity Today’s September 2007 article on “What It Means to Love Israel”.

Christianity Today, November 2007

Readers Write

I commend your effort at a balanced approach to this controversial subject, and your call to evangelicals for more “rigorous theological work on [their] relationship to Judaism, to the Jewish people, and to the state of Israel.” Caricatures of dispensationalist and Reformed positions do not help bring greater understanding. When it comes to God’s love for the Jewish people and his promise of a future hope, there is a lot more in common than advocates of either pole may be willing to grant.

However, a glaring omission in your editorial is the matter of evangelical responsibility to a loving and uncompromising proclamation of the gospel to the Jewish people. We desperately need some rigorous theological work on this issue, as well. A growing number of evangelicals seem willing to avoid this biblical command in the interest of better relations with Jewish leaders here and in Israel. We Jewish believers in Jesus are often left out in the cold in this process. Evangelicals must affirm the ongoing obligation to share the love of Jesus with all peoples, including the Jews.

David Brickner
Executive Director, Jews for Jesus
San Francisco, California

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Executive Director, Missionary

David Brickner is executive director of Jews for Jesus. David oversees the world-wide ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. He has authored several books, and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live. David’s daughter, Ilana is a recent graduate of Biola. His son, Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife, Shaina, have one daughter, Nora, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.

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