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Testing for a Commitment Towards Israel

Reader comment on item: How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes toward Israel

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Aug 6, 2014 at 17:08

This is a subjective assay at best; for Biblically, attitudes towards Israel are more categorically assessed in the Holy Bible, dependent not upon denominational doctrines disseminated towards congregations, but by the specific litmus test as derived in the words (paraphrased): the LORD will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who do not. For example, are the latest actions by the mainline Presbyterian denomination to boycott (censure) Israel a factor of support by an attending congregation? Attendance in certain Presbyterian congregations would skew the results if that were factored in by this assertion.

Attendance in church is not necessarily a gauge of support for Israel. In times past, bonafide professing church members are in many instances 'replacement theologians,' requiring a doctrinal changing of the spiritual guard in claiming that the church is the modern replacement of Biblical Israel; and have implicated that Israel need set aside their claim to Jerusalem and the land for 'kingdom installation,' forgetting the words of Jesus Himself saying He will bring the implementation of the Kingdom upon His return.

That being the case, the sampling needs to be more specific in its demographic breakdown and a much larger data base might provide a greater application of the opening premise: the blessing and curse of how one holds dear to a most compelling argument that seems to be embracing the American conscience: do we really support Israel; or are many being influenced by the propaganda that although there is lip service to allowing Israel the right to self-defense, high will that cost be and is that right going to be considered worth it, even among church members. The Bible does have that answer, even though its preaching is somewhat limited.

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