Warning: Before proceeding, know that you are most likely in violation of at least one of these sins. So, if you can’t take the heat, stop now, because you are about to enter the Shmad Zone
The following commonly held opinions on Israel’s relationship with evangelizing Christians have been expressed by known rabbis, community leaders, entrepreneurs, political leaders, Zionist activists, and media personalities in both the Jewish communities of Israel and the Diaspora.
• "The Evangelicals are our best friends, don't ask questions" ("don't bite the hand that feeds you"). "I'll take all the friends I can get".
• "When the Messiah comes, we'll see what happens" ("we'll ask is this your first time or second?" “we will ask him if he’s coming or returning and that would establish if we would all be Jews or Christians. Until he comes, I don't worry myself about this.")
• "Take the money - don't convert"
• "I'll guard my soul; you guard yours"
• "I'm secure in my faith. I'm not going to convert"
• "What can be better than Jews taking money from goyim?"
• They owe us and I’m taking. They [the gentiles] can never repay us for the damage they’ve done”
• "We have the same Bible, we pray to the same G-d, the only difference of opinion we have is over moshiach"
• "Without the support of Evangelical Christians, Israel would cease to exist."
• "They [the evangelicals] are not just friends of Israel; they are Israel."
• “They know how to give. We know how to take. It’s strictly business”
You still don't get it? The above list is nothing more than a recipe for our spiritual destruction (G-d forbid), as it combines of a lack of foresight and hindsight, selfish arrogance, spiritual and historical ignorance, and a scoffing at sacred concepts.
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Now let’s descend further to see where the above attitudes can take us...
Bibi’s recent speech: confused and conflicting priorities
Prime Minister Netanyahu went to great lengths in his recent keynote address, demanding that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state. But then he simultaneously expressed aspirations to seriously develop Christendom in Israel via “tourist sites that will attract millions of visitors eager to walk in the footsteps of history – in Nazareth and in Bethlehem, around the walls of Jericho and the walls of Jerusalem, on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and the baptismal site of the Jordan."
(nice of him to recall Jerusalem ).
How low can we go:
If you thought the Tourism Ministry hit an all time low with their promote the Pope campaign, and video then you haven’t been checking up on their evangelical tourism promotions:
The three people the Tourism Ministry has chosen to attract evangelical Christians to Israel via the "Visit Israel – You'll Never Be the Same" campaign are:
Jack Hayford: a man who openly calls for a Jewish messianic restoration in Israel and who is founder and chancellor of The King's College and Seminary - an institution which targets Jews for conversion.
Kay Arthur : a woman who publicaly declared on 60 minutes that, “The Jews need conversion.”
Jay Sekulow: of Jews for Jesus fame. The Chief Counsel of Pat Roberson's ACLJ has no problem interfering in Israeli politics and making the promotion of "messianic Judaism" a part of the ACLJ site and agenda "There are many messianic Jews in Israel right now who are sharing the gospel, and are part of the military, serving with the Israeli Defense Force."
The lowest rung on the ladder – a place of no return - Aliyah on the skids
Well it seems Jonathan Berman, a 23 year-old new Oleh originating from Danvers, Massachusetts, has hit rock bottom.
According to the a recent article in the Jerusalem Post: Catering to Christians, Berman first visited Israel via Birthright and was taken by the passionate Christians he saw here. “Christians really like this place. And then I read an article on cremation, about a guy scattering people's remains off the coast of California. So, the idea just clicked”…
“For a fee of $400, JudeanDelivery.com will "hand deliver" a portion of the customer's remains to Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, the Judean Desert, outside the Old City Wall in Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, or the Via Dolorosa. After the ashes have been duly scattered at the chosen site, the client's family receives, in the words of the site, "a certificate suitable for framing mailed directly from Jerusalem, Israel. The certificate will name the sender, recipient, location, date and GPS coordinates. This also includes a small keepsake of earth from the holy site laminated in clear plastic." In addition, JudeanDelivery.com provides a page or two of information about the biblical significance of the cremation scattering site. “
[note: the homepage features a prominent cross and states, “The Holy Land is the birthplace of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Faith and our hope…”]