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A Three Minute Perspective on the Crisis in Israel

Paul Gotthardt5 comments711 views

What happens to Israel impacts all of us!

For almost 2 weeks, the IDF has courageously defended Israel against the persistent rocket attacks from Hamas (a recognized terrorist organization). Contrary to what is reported in the news, Israel is not launching a military campaign for expansion. Israel is not arbitrarily bombing innocent women and children. Israel is simply defending herself from those who hate the very thought of a Jewish state and will stop at nothing to destroy it.

Geographically and ideologically, Israel is surrounded by enemies. These enemies have amassed weapons and mobilized radicals to accomplish their publicly stated goal. They want to kill Jews, destroy Israel, and establish a Palestinian state where Israel now stands. They will stop at nothing until this objective is achieved.

Over the years, Israel has tried negotiations, compromises, and diplomacy. Israel waited patiently as the international community discussed their future, their people, and their land. It’s not that diplomacy has not been attempted; it is that the objective of each group is drastically different. When the objective of Israel is peace and the objective of Hamas is the eradication of the Jews—there is no diplomatic solution.

What is Israel to do? If citizens in the U.S. lived daily under terroristic threats from our neighbors, if we went to sleep nightly with the sound of missile sirens, if our kids split their days between bomb shelters and classrooms—how much more negotiation would you be willing to endure?

DSCN3178In January, I went to Israel with a group of pastors and rabbis from Las Vegas. Through C.U.F.I (Christians United for Israel), we were able to meet with members of the IDF on the border of Lebanon. We listened as experts in counter terrorism shared how Hamas launches rockets from living rooms and front yards in neighboring communities. We’ve seen how they hide among civilians (using women and children as human shields). How do you fight an enemy who’s willing to sacrifice their own people to accomplish their objective?

What happens to Israel impacts all of us!

As our strongest ally in the Middle East, what happens to Israel impacts us politically and financially. As the only democracy in the Middle East, what happens to Israel impacts the region’s stability. As a leader in science and innovation, what happens to Israel impacts the future of the world. As a small nation in the midst of bullies, what happens to Israel will either show the growing depravity of humanity or show that most people still feel it’s right to stand up to radical aggressors.

Depending upon your religious convictions, there is another reason why Israel impacts all of us. In Genesis 12:1-3, God gave some promises to Abram (who would become Abraham [the Father of the nation of Israel]).

Among other promises, God gave a land promise  (the land that I will show you), a national promise (I will make you a great nation), and
 a spiritual promise (And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed). There was also a protective promise (I will bless those who bless you,
 and the one who curses you I will curse).

What happens to Israel impacts all of us because God has chosen to align Himself with the Jewish people. When we bless Israel, God blesses us! It’s that simple. There is no doubt that America has enjoyed innumerable blessings because we have historically stood with Israel. Unfortunately, that support seems to be diminishing.

What can you do? This list is only the beginning.

Pray for peace in Israel (Ps. 122:6).
Pray for wisdom in leadership (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
Engage politically.
Stay informed.
Be a voice of reason.
Give to groups promoting stability in the region.
Support Israel.

For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you (Israel), for he who touches you (Israel), touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8).

Paul Gotthardt
Is learning to live from the overflow of my relationship with Jesus; Husband, Father, Pastor, Church Planter, Author, UGA grad... football and UFC enthusiast.

5 Comments

  1. Thank you for putting things in perspective! This was a needed reminder to make prayer and support of Israel a priority!

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