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As The War Continues in Israel, Here Are Three Things Pastors Should Do Right Now  

The war in Israel is an incredible opportunity to share the truth with your church and community.

The more I see demonstrations in the streets supporting Hamas, with some of those demonstrators being Christians, the more I realize just how ignorant many American Christians are these days. And even with believers earnestly seeking a Biblical perspective, it’s challenging to know what exactly is happening in Israel right now and what historically has led up to this moment.

That’s why I strongly recommend pastors take a break from their normally scheduled sermon topics and over the next few Sundays:

1) Teach what the Bible says about the nation of Israel – its history, interaction with neighboring countries through the centuries, and God’s unfolding plan. Who exactly is Hamas, and why do they despise the Jewish people? What is Palestine, and how was the modern-day nation of Israel formed? A significant number of Christians don’t have an accurate context of Israel’s history and, as a result, don’t have a bigger picture of what’s happening.

2) Give them the knowledge they need to discuss these issues with friends, neighbors, and co-workers. The mainstream media and many politicians have been typically unsupportive of Israel, so the information their friends and family are getting is too often highly inaccurate and biased. Most of the pro-Hamas defenders are simply repeating old slogans that often make no rational sense at all. So, give your congregation the facts to help them dispel the myths.

3) Consider inviting a Rabbi from a local synagogue or a Biblical scholar from a Christian university to visit your church to discuss what this means to the Jews – and the world. It could be a powerfully effective show of unity to reach out and invite a Jewish Rabbi or leader to engage you in conversation in front of your congregation. An experienced authority can also bring insightful background to the table that helps give your congregation more perspective. Consider making this a special evening event so your church members could invite their friends. It could make an incredible impact and witness to your entire community.

Don’t pass up an opportunity like this. The stakes are high, and this is a critical global moment. 

Photo by Iason Raissis on Unsplash

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you Phil!!! What you have suggested is very, very right on. The American Jewish people notice when Christian pastors stay mum, and they don’t ever hear a word from them, while all of this horrible turmoil and the attacking of God’s special people. I’m going to share your article with pastors!
    Here at the station we began on the first Sunday of September to air beautiful films that explain and present the entire history of the Jews before the holocaust and after, and ended the last film on October 8th with a very detailed graphic story of the 6 Day War. I surely do hope that many people were
    watching these documentaries, and that they have made them more pro Jewish.

    I do appreciate your recommendations because Pastors really need to show an interest and a caring for the Jewish people and Israel! Thanks!

    Many blessings to you,

    Grace

  2. Right on, Phil! It’s alarming how deafeningly quiet the pulpits have been on what is going on with Israel. It is likely the result of an Amillennial interpretation of Bible prophecy which sees modern-day Israel as a political accident rather than God’s continued covenantal work.

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