By Rev Ted Pike
31 May 2007
As Christians, what is our duty to Israel? Is it prayer and evangelism or does it go beyond to unconditional moral and military support, right or wrong? Does the ancient promise given by God through Balaam, “Blessed is he who blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth Thee” (Numbers 24:9) obligate the Christian to provide the modern state of Israel with horrific and maiming weapons of war; or is it limited to a gentler, more spiritual meaning?
These are questions which now more than ever must be faced. On the one hand, most Christians agree that God has a wonderful destiny for a remnant out of Israel who will be converted at Christ’s second coming. Yet, no real Christian can help being troubled by the anti-Christian policies now enforced in Israel, as well as its oppressions of the Palestinians, both Christian and Moslem. (See, Christians in Israel: An Endangered Species and The Simple Explanation for Mid-East Strife)
Recently, two major evangelical broadcasters, while disagreeing with much of what I say, have nevertheless provided me a public forum. On her show, Understanding the Times, Jan Markell, head of Olive Tree Ministries, featured me for an hour in a discussion/debate heard by listeners on her 15 syndicated evangelical stations. Tomorrow, Markell is invited to again debate me with Thor Tolo, popular evangelical talk show host on Live from Seattle with Thor Tolo.
Evangelical broadcasters, why not follow the lead of Markell and Tolo? Invite a pro-Zionist evangelical to discuss with me what the Scriptures teach our duty to Israel does and does not entail.
You may consider me a bit too controversial to have on your program by myself; but, countered by a forceful defender of the traditional evangelical point of view, the result will be inevitable: a powerfully lively fast-moving hour with your board jammed by callers wanting to enter the fray! Call me today at (503) 631-3808.
Who? Thor Tolo
Where? Live from Seattle with Thor Tolo at www.kgnw.com
When? Friday, June 1, 5:00 pm PST
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watch dog organization.
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