With significant numbers of Christians and church organizations joining the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) anti-Israel movement, pro-Israel evangelicals are mobilizing to fight what is being termed as "global genocidal anti-Semitism".
This Tuesday, August 11th, Laurie Cardoza-Moore who serves as both President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) and as UN Special Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC), will be addressing a special forum at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The approach being taken by Cardoza-Moore is decidedly theological and biblical in nature, with the Nostra Aetate document of 1965 taking center stage. For the past several months Cardoza-Moore has been urging the Vatican to resurrect Nostra Aetate as a tool to influence world churches and to fight anti-Semitism.
It's important that Jewish leadership take note of the messianic Christian angle, too. The WCICC, a main sponsor of the UN forum, has the International Alliance of Independent Messianic Congregations and S... listed as their top "direct" ministry". An article on the PJTN site affirms that:
"The WCICC exists to unite independent Christian & Messianic Churches regarding their Biblical Inheritance and Responsibility, including a stand with our Jewish brethren and the State of Israel."
Israeli headlines have proclaimed, "Christians at UN: We Didn't Replace the Jewish Covenant". Yet it is essential that Jewish leadership have an understanding of what the ”Jewish Covenant" means to certain devout “pro-Israel” Christians – including Cardoza-Moore herself. While every committed Jew can fully appreciate gentiles who take a moral stand with the State of Israel, Cardoza-Moore's own stand comes with some extra heavy "biblical" baggage:
"The Bible is clear from Genesis to Revelation that God will keep His Covenant with His people, all Israel. The Apostle Paul confirms that truth in the book of Romans, Chapters 9 -11. Christians are grafted into that Covenant through Jesus. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:29, “If you are in Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” The promise Paul was referring to is the same promise God made to Abraham in Genesis, and then repeated it to Isaac and Jacob. Paul further stated in Ephesians 2:11-13, that we, Gentiles in the flesh, were once outside of the commonwealth of Israel, but because of Jesus’ shed blood, we have been brought into the commonwealth of Israel."
It would appear that by laying joint claim to our covenant, Christians like Cardoza-Moore are indeed replacing the Jewish Covenant with their own Christian interpretation of it, thereby denying the Jewish people the uniqueness of Hashem’s eternal promise to them.
Israelis are quick to embrace pro-Israel evangelicals who are outspoken in their support of Israel and who have invested great efforts and resources in defense of the Jewish state. The prevailing stance among many Jews is that of, "Israel needs all the friends she can get". But it would be unwise and reckless for Jewish leadership to persist in dismissing Christian theological aspirations and turning a blind eye to increasing evangelical influence and messianic missionary inroads being made in the land of Israel.