God’s Chosen People? The Useful Lie of the Christian Zionist Movement


I received a dire plea in the mail from Mike Evans’ organization, The Jerusalem Prayer Team. In that money begging mailer, Mike asked for donations of $30 – $100 or more. The $30 level would give you the ‘Bible Promise Box,’ a relic of the 1980’s, where you picked out a card for every day of the year, and the contents of that card would be a Bible verse, promising you goats and land or something. The $100 level would give you a book, written by Evans.

Evans is a master of hyperbolic and overly-simplistic fearmongering.

Today, Israel stands squarely in the crosshairs of evil and determined enemies want nothing more than to finish the job Hitler started more than seven decades ago.

Really? First of all, the reasons Hitler hated the Jews were much different than the reasons the Middle East is a religious and cultural powder keg. To compare the two as substantively similar is to be intellectually dishonest. The only similarity is that the focus of ire is the Jewish people. Even that is a simplification. In many ways, the conflict over Israel, and Jerusalem specifically, has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with the historical bitterness of both sides, the representative Israeli government having committed the majority of the atrocities against the Palestinian people, as well as those surrounding their borders. The co-opting of the Jewish religion to bolster their rights to the land is simply the most effective conduit for convincing their citizenry and the nation’s allies that their actions are not only proper, but have an holy implication. Thus, to come against the Israeli government is synonymous with rejection or hatred of the Jewish god, and by default, the Christian god.

And that’s where the Christian Zionist movement plays their pretentious hand. They feign love for the Jewish people, claiming God chose them as his own in the Old Testament, which is true, and then turn around and use the money their supporters give them to bolster both the protection of Christian holy sites (including the whole of Jerusalem), as well as working to “save” the Jewish people, introducing them to the Christian god and his son, Jesus Christ.

In truth, according to the Christian Zionist movement, as well as the message of Christianity itself, God’s Chosen People are still going to hell. Unless, of course, they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That kind of makes being “chosen” not all that choice, doesn’t it?

Evans continues, attempting to convince his readers (those with open checkbooks) that Palestine is an illegitimate idea:

There has never been a nation of Palestine. The territory claimed for the Palestinian state was governed by Egypt and Jordan prior to the Six Day War in 1967.

This is a terrible argument, obvious on its face, and yet Evans followers, and many Christians who adhere to the religious theology of politicians like Ted Cruz, eat it up. The fact is, nation borders are constantly changing. If we want the most poignant example, we can point to the very country that Evans is a citizen of – The United States. Imagine if any number of indigenous peoples from the Americas had used that line. The reality is, the same Christians who claim that Israel was given its sliver of land by God, would crucify any Native American for claiming the same.

But Evans doesn’t stop there. Informing his readers of his awful reading of history is only the beginning.

The driving force behind the plan to divide Jerusalem is in direct contradiction of Bible prophecy and is the same anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust.

Unfortunately, Evans doesn’t quote the prophecy he is referring to, here, but the setup is hilarious. If you carry out this statement to its warned conclusion, he is setting up a failure of Biblical prophecy. If Jerusalem is divided, the Bible is proven to be false, the unquoted prophecy having failed. As you can imagine, this cannot be allowed to happen. You need to send money now and lift up your voice in prayer to…beg God to not allow something to happen that will prove him to be..er…false. Kind of an impotent god, if you ask me.

My favorite quote about God’s impotence over his own piece of infertile desert is from Pat Robertson:

[Israel] is God’s outpost, and it would be, in a sense, a black eye against Him if his plans were frustrated by human beings. And He will not let people frustrate His plan.

Another interesting note here is that the majority of Jewish people do not live in Israel. They are scattered all over the world, the greatest concentration of them living in the United States. If, as Christians love to claim, God cares about the heart, and not about material things, why would a large contingent of Jewish people, safe in their homes, away from the Middle East conflict, not be a better outcome than forcing an artificial border to exist against inhabitants of land, stolen from under their feet? Aside from that, wouldn’t any peaceful resolution be preferable to a continued insolent declaration of ancient religious rights to a patch of earth? To argue otherwise is to claim that the Christian god is petty, interested more in what he claims is true, than true peace and prosperity of the human race.

But that makes perfect sense in today’s religious and political climate. Perceived absolute rights trump any whisper of compromise. Compromise shows you are weak and un-principled, while treating your enemies with disdain, even killing them, is holy and righteous.

Evans continues:

Genesis 12:3 clearly tells us that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.

Obviously, Evans wants his readers to conclude that the word “Israel” is referring to the nation of Israel, rather than the people who were descendants of Abraham and Isaac (not to be confused with the descendants of Abraham and Ishmael). Also, to bless Israel is to disallow any peace process except that which is perceived to be in direct agreement with what the god of the Bible would have dictated. And, to curse Israel would be to give into any demands from their enemies, no matter how small.

But who gets cursed? Who gets blessed? If the United States hacks out a peace agreement that is palatable with the Christian Zionists, and is agreed upon by all the enemies of Israel, does the United States alone get the blessings of God? Or, do the nations that are against Israel, yet agreed to the purportedly Biblical peace accord, also receive part of that blessing? Alternatively, Hamas has openly declared “curses” upon Israel. The Palestinian people are being economically suppressed and systematically murdered by their human counterparts. Is this due to the cursing? Is the Christian (Jewish) god playing the hand of the Israeli government, forcing them to carry out atrocities against the Palestinian people?

Stepping away from Mike Evans’ mailer, when one views the true beliefs and goals of the Christian Zionist movement, you begin to see clearly that the Jewish people are merely pawns in their game, and calling them “God’s Chosen People” is, while correct, based on the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, is actually a self-serving lie.

Christians Zionists, Mike Evans being one of their chief mouthpieces, need the city of Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount, to be in the hands of their allies.

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. – 2 Thessalonians 2:2 – 4

How can the ‘son of perdition’ sit in the temple of God and declare himself to be God if the temple is currently an Islamic holy site? The temple must be rebuilt in order for this to happen. But, how can the temple be rebuilt if a peace accord splits the city of Jerusalem in half, the Old City, including the Temple Mount, then belonging to the Palestinians? If that happens, the current generation, and all generations in the foreseeable future will never usher in the second coming of Christ.

And true to form, Mike Evans mailer declares that the peace accord’s agreement would put the Temple Mount on the Palestinian side, should the nation of Israel be forced to create a Nation of Palestine.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter that the Jewish people are God’s Chosen People. To the Christian Zionists, Mike Evans included, that is nothing more than a call to battle, a veritable head-fake to the unsuspecting Christian. Calling them such is useful to the end goal of the Christian Zionist. Attribute to the ‘Chosen People’ the necessity of their God-given lands, convince the International community that Biblical borders should be the gerrymander of the peace accord, and you get Jesus coming back.

But in the end, at the Second Coming, Jesus only takes the Christian believers with him. The Jewish people, though called ‘Chosen’, end up in hell, having not really been chosen, choosing instead to reject the true teachings of the Messiah.

 

Comments

  1. StevoR says

    The Christian Zionist extremists are certainly a nasty bunch and wrong yes.

    But, umm .. wye-elll, can I just say the Arab-Israeli conflict here is one immensely complicated,difficult minefield of an issue?

    There’s a lot of hatred and history and right and wrong on both Israeli and Palestinian / Arab sides and both peoples are indigenous with long historical claims and cultural ties to the land and can make some very valid points and claims here. Its not just a simple matter of stolen land and the Arab rhetoric and what they’ve indoctrinated their children into thinking and doing and the threats of groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are horrific.

    Can I just ask that we don’t single out one side – the Israeli one – for excessive demonisation and scapegoating please? And yes, I know Israel isn’t perfect and has done so awful things too. It’s just, not that simple and as noted both sides have been trapped in a cycle of escalating hatreds , atrocities and inflicting mutual pain, torment and suffering on each other. Both sides are human and flawed and hateful and miserable. What’s been tried and done so far sure hasn’t worked. Its also proving incredibly hard to break out form and change.

    • Joe Sands says

      I actually agree completely. Behind the scenes, someone else asked me the exact same clarification.

      My response was that this post was about the intersection of the Christian Zionist co-opting of the conflict for their own purposes, used by the Israeli government, especially the current Prime Minister, and less about the extreme complexities of the actual Israeli/Palestinian conflict itself.

  2. says

    people who were descendants of Abraham and Isaac

    Does DNA show that there is such a thing, like it shows that a certain percentage of Irish men are descended from Niall of the 9 hostages, or some (huge!) percentage of Chinese men and eastern European men are descended from Ghengis Khan?

    The whole “descent” thing makes me nervous because it’s actually close to ratifying Hitler’s theories that there is some kind of genetic jewishness and that jewishness is actually a matter of descent rather than culture. Of course there are racists on both sides of the whole question of jewishness… It’s sad to see such nonsense in the 21st century, now that we understand population genetics a bit better than they did two thousand years ago.

  3. brucegee1962 says

    Whenever I hear people talking about “We need more of The Bible in schools so that kids get more morality,” I think, you’ve got it 100% wrong. Sure, there are a few miscellaneous bits of the book that give some good morality, like the golden rule or a few parables. But the rock-bottom basis of the Old Testament — the underlying theme of the entire book — the justification for almost anything that anybody does — is based on a thoroughly anti-moral concept: that of the “Chosen People.”

    When you grow up reading the Bible a lot, that kind of thinking sort of seeps into you. Because obviously, if certain people are Chosen, then other people are Not Chosen. But things have kind of shifted around since biblical times, right? So obviously I must be one of The Chosen. That means if there’s someone I don’t like, they must be among the not-chosen. So really, if I treat them shabbily, God’s probably got my back, right?

    It isn’t until halfway through Acts, three quarters of the way through the book, that God finally gets around to saying “Meh, I suppose those damned pig-eaters can get the good news too.”

    Even Christians, I think, when they’re confronted about it, admit that carrying around the chosen/not chosen dichotomy is a pretty lousy foundation for morality. But they’ve gotten very good about not thinking about it. As if a deity who made a single planet out of the entire cosmos that carried sentient life, would confine all of his attentions to one tiny little backwards tribe out of all the millions of different groups, and let all the other ones fend for themselves.

    (I’m not saying that there’s anything unique with the Jewish mythology in having these sorts of beliefs. It’s just amazing that, in the modern era when morality has made so much progress, people can actually read that book and not realize that its morality stinks.)

  4. Holms says

    …and both peoples are indigenous with long historical claims and cultural ties to the land and can make some very valid points and claims here.

    Oh my god, after three or so years of arguing on behalf of Israel – even saying that Jews have always been the good guys – this is the first time I’ve seen you acknowledge that fact. Can I expect you to build on this progress? Maybe you’d like to refrain from characterising all who criticise Israel as ‘Hamas fanbois’ hmm?

    • StevoR says

      And maybe you’d like to refrain from calling me a whole lot of abusive, offensive and inaccurate names in our ongoing frequently heated and passionate disagreement on this topic too?

      I’m also pretty sure I’ve previously mentioned the Palestinians also make some good points at times and indeed that I once used to argue for that side instead before realising I’d been wrong to do so based on the facts and listening to the other side of the issue more..

      • says

        I’m also pretty sure I’ve previously mentioned the Palestinians also make some good points at times…

        To be fair, I haven’t read every comment you’ve ever written, but for those I have read, I’ve never seen such a thing.

        • StevoR says

          @ ^ Tabby Lavalamp : Maybe you need to read more of my comments more closely then? (Shrug.)

          Yeah I have argued against Hamas a lot on some FTB blogs but still.

  5. starskeptic says

    As one of my high school English teachers (who was Jewish) explained it: the Jews were chosen…to suffer – having God’s undivided attention would see to that.

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