Josh and I returned home late Sunday night from an absolutely wonderful evening with around 80 students from Roberts Wesleyan College and about 2,000 people from the Rochester area. We stepped down from a limo bus with bellies full of desserts and sparkling cider—and with hearts and minds full of a lot to consider.
We were all gathered for a Night to Honor Israel.
And then Josh forged a business relationship and dear friendship with a young man who, as a Messianic Jew, was active in Christians United For Israel on the Roberts campus.
|Limo buses, ya’ll! What a hoot.|
I entered the packed sanctuary with the mentality that supporting Israel in some way was probably a good idea just because–who doesn’t want to support the underdog? Israel and the Jewish nation have been persecuted by a different people group in every generation throughout history. Today, the same terrorist organizations threatening the democracy of the United States want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. I had expected to hear all of that. What I had not expected were the tragic and inspiring individual stories from the beautiful and diverse Jewish men and women praising, encouraging, and defending their Holy Land to an auditorium full of Christians.
These people stood on their faith in the God who has brought them through centuries of tragedy, hoping for the blessed future of their countrymen and of the planet. Their stories brought me to tears and brought prayers for global unity from my mouth. The Hebrew lyrics to the hymn of unification “Hine Ma Tov” rose to my heart’s memory from a distant moment in my childhood, and I danced with the brothers and sisters of the nation of Israel.
As a responsible global citizen, I support Israel as a bastion of freedom, democracy, and the power of obedience to the law in a sea of lawlessness and violence. They are an example of faithful steadfastness to the entire world. As a Christian, I believe the words of Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
I believe that God has a plan for this tiny nation that will bring blessings to all the nations of the world.
I don’t know what the future holds for Josh and I and our involvement with defending Israel. All I know is that I want to be a part of God’s plan for these people and, through them, for all people.
|So much dessert . . .|