By Dr. Jim Garrow
I know that you haven’t seen tanks in the streets or wild shooting and the rushing hither and yon of camo-wearing troops or neighbors taking on the Federales, but if you listen carefully and filter out the white noise, you can hear it.
I heard it myself this week at an event I attended. Strong men and women of one religious group who banded together years ago and formed their own militia to protect that religious group from bullying and outright hate. Their approach was at first loud and boisterous, but of late they are quietly turning out in growing numbers to confront the hatred and lies of Muslims everywhere.
These folks happen to be Jews, but wait a second, the guy sitting next to me who I’ve known for 20 years is a Baptist, and the couple over at the back are Christian & Missionary Alliance Church members (as is the Prime Minister of Canada). This “Jewish” event seems to have about 30% Christians in attendance.
What’s going on here? one might ask. And that would be a very good question.
The topic of the evening was the dangerous increase in the appearance of a religious bent some call “Replacement Theology.” Its growth has been a worrisome thing for Jews who are acknowledging a shift in what was considered to be a loyal base of support for Israel and the Semite descendants of the promise between God and Abraham (That would not include the descendants of Ishmael, because the promise was directed to Isaac, the legitimate heir of Sarah and Abram).
What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Nada. But curiously enough, there seems to be a rise in this theology that is steeped in anti-Semitism. It has been invasive and showing up in mainstream churches, Catholic and Protestant, and frankly Jews are seeing a dropping off of support from the group that in the past could be counted on almost 100%.
What do the replacement theology bunch believe? They are saying that because Israel rejected Jesus as Messiah, the deal was off between Abraham and God. Well a promise is a promise, and when God showed Abraham the stars in the heavens and said that he would have a son and that the numbers of his descendants would be “as the stars in the heavens,” the source was pretty reliable. A promise made by God could be taken to the bank, as it were.
This Replacement philosophy would have God turned into a piker who could not be trusted. So in my book at least, the replacement theology bunch is way off-kilter.
God’s promise was to Abraham and all his legitimate descendents, whether we think they are worthy or not. Interesting that in mainstream Christianity, it is the “adoption” and also the picture of “grafting” as in a vine or a tree that brings the believers of Yeshua into the promises of God for the People of Israel. A non-Jew who believes God and his promises to Abraham gains membership in the “tribe” (so to speak) through belief in Yeshua being the Messiah of Israel’s promise. Pretty cool if you ask me.
So back to the revolution: Quietly and in the background, Christians are lining up with Israel and remembering that God’s promise to His people is what matters. You want God’s blessing? Back Israel, and let’s remember that it was God who set the boundaries of Israel, not England and that Balfour bunch. God has some pretty significant blessings for those who do back Israel, and those that don’t…. well…