Making an Idol of Israel
Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute
September 21, 2011
During a September 20 press conference in New York City, presidential aspirant Rick Perry told a reporter: “As a Christian, I have a clear directive to support Israel….” He made the same point in nearly identical language in a 2009 interview with the Weekly Standard magazine: “My faith requires me to support Israel.”
Tens of millions of American Christians, particularly Evangelicals, share that view, many of them in the belief that the foundation of the modern Israeli state was fulfillment of prophecy and a foreshadowing of the Second Coming of Christ. Unfortunately, they often ignore the critical distinction between seeking the welfare of the Jewish people and promoting the interests of the government ruling the nation of Israel – which, like every other government, is actually the chief threat to the liberty and prosperity of the people it supposedly represents.
No government of human construction is entitled to the unqualified support of any human being. Too many people appear to believe that Israel’s government – which was founded by secular socialists who pointedly invoked the UN Charter, rather than the Bible – enjoys some form of divine sanction. No Christian is required to accept such an idolatrous assumption.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.