Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Israel

Israel today is a far cry from the Israel of the Kings; David and Solomon or even Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, or Josiah. It is also a far cry from the Israel of the idolatrous kings.

Israel is a secular state made up of people from all over the world who are at least ¼ Jewish by birth. Some of the Israelites are religious, different kinds of Judaism. Some of the citizens are Christians with a Jewish ancestry. Much of Israel is atheist with a common bond of Zionism the Jewish state. To my knowledge no Muslims are citizens of Israel.

The greatest supporters of Israel among the Gentiles are Evangelical Christians because of their understanding of a future Israel from the Bible.

The other supporters of Israel are those who are opposed to Islamic terrorists.

Some of those who are anti-Israel are from a long history of anti-semetic culture. Although Israel plays up to their Evangelical supporters they in turn are not supporters of active believing Christians in Israel.

A far greater concern is that both Israel and Islam have not believed the good news of salvation through the person of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. People who die on both sides in this current conflict are lost.

This is true also in Kashmir where Hindus and Muslims die and in Sri Lanka where Buddhists and Hindus die.

We are in a spiritual war. All of these physical wars are subsets of the spiritual war. These physical wars are not just between good and evil; they are between evil and evil.

Are you willing to proclaim the good news?

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