Be a Friend to Israel

by | May 11, 2009 | Blogs, The Strang Report

The cover of Charisma asks an ominous question: Can Israel survive? The answer is a resounding yes. Besides the fact that the Israelis are perhaps the most determined people on the face of the earth, God’s Word says that the Jews are His chosen people, the apple of His eye, and they will survive.

Yet at the same time they need our friendship as never before. With the threat of Iran growing more serious every day, the Israelis seem to have fewer and fewer friends.

One of the groups that consistently stands with Israel is evangelical Christians, who some Jews now realize are their nation’s best friends. Recently my friend Rabbi Aaron Rubinger traveled to Israel and came back with a firsthand report on the seriousness of the situation there, which I shared with the readers of my twice weekly Strang Report e-newsletter. You can read the report by going to rubinger.charismamag.com.

Charisma has supported Israel for many years. At least twice each year we publish articles focusing on Israel. A few weeks ago we sent our associate editor, Valerie Lowe, to Israel. She said she met officials there and felt like a celebrity because many of them knew Charisma and knew of our longtime support of Israel.

On a personal level, I have been involved in Christians United for Israel (CUFI) since its founding in 2006. I have written about the organization many times and encourage all our readers to become involved. This year I invite you to attend the Washington Summit July 19-22 in the nation’s capital. The summit is an opportunity not only to lobby congressmen and senators on behalf of Israel but also to attend seminars to learn about lobbying and other practical ways to support Israel.

I’ll be there. I’m always inspired by the great speeches and music and by seeing the thousands of other people who, like me, love Israel. It’s a reminder that together we can accomplish much more than we can accomplish separately.

Recently pastor John Hagee, the founder of CUFI and my longtime friend, invited members of CUFI to sign The Israel Pledge. In late March he hand-carried 110,000 signatures on the petition to leaders in Congress to let them know how important it is that Congress and the United States stay strong for Israel.

CUFI is continuing to collect signatures. I encourage you to go to our Web site and sign The Israel Pledge, as I have. It states:

We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.

We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.

We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.

I know many readers love Israel as much as I do. Yet we have room to write about it in print only a few times a year. Now, thanks to the Internet, we can send out a weekly e-newsletter focusing on what is happening in Israel and around the world through ministries such as CUFI and others that are working to support Israel. Named “Standing With Israel,” it is edited by Valerie Lowe, who just returned from her first trip to the Holy Land.

Standing With Israel will initially come out weekly and later twice a week. It will be a compilation of important news about Israel relating to Christian Zionists. The format will be very much like my Strang Report and our Charisma News Online.

We are sending the digital format of this issue of Charisma to 1 million people who are known supporters of Israel. I urge them and you to subscribe to this important new e-newsletter at charismamag.com/newsletters.

During a time when changes in the world are causing many people to feel fearful, it’s important that Christians stand together—and stand strong for Israel—not only for the Jews’ sake. God promises that He will bless those who bless His people (see Gen. 12:3), and we need His hand on us as well.


Steve Strang is the founder of Charisma. He invites you to subscribe at charismamag.com/newsletters to his online newsletter, The Strang Report, which contains information about many of the cultural and political issues facing our nation.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Young, old, rich or poor—nobody is immune to the feeling of brokenness. Jesus' life, death and resurrection on earth is a constant reminder that death no longer has a sting. Fear and hopelessness lurk throughout the earth trying to find an opportune moment to consume...

Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Actor Kevin Sorbo is known today for his roles in faith-based movies, like "God's Not Dead" and "Left Behind," but the iconic "Hercules" star's Christian roots took form at an early age. Sorbo recently told CBN's "Faith vs. Culture" he first read the prophetic book of...

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

In this article, cessationism refers to the doctrine, practice or belief that the ascension ministry gifts and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit ceased with the early church and do not function in the present church age (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12: 4-11). The...

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

We all have the same amount of time—four hours a day, seven days a week. And the longer I live, the more I discover that time is too valuable for us to waste any of it. That’s why it is so important that we learn to live on purpose, for a purpose. The truth is if you...

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the first of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

Monday night, Jan. 2, 2023, God drew our nation to prayer as Bills player Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on live tv. Could this have been the largest spontaneous prayer meeting in the history of our nation—beginning with players on the field, spreading to...

RECENT ARTICLES

Mario Murillo: ‘What I Have Said About Kat Kerr and Robin Bullock Stands’

Perhaps you read my previous blog entitled "Mario, where have you been?" I went through a fiery ordeal before I obeyed God and wrote it. I thought, "Why should I wade into such controversy and incur...
Dr. Don Colbert: How This Every Day Ingredient is Killing Your Brain

Dr. Don Colbert: How This Every Day Ingredient is Killing Your Brain

Read Time: 4 Minutes 43 Seconds Of the many artificial sweeteners out there, such as aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sugar Twin and Sweet’N Low) and neotame (NutraSweet), aspartame is one of the most common. How common? Aspartame is an ingredient in more...

Messianic Rabbi: The Problem with Paul

Messianic Rabbi: The Problem with Paul

Read Time: 3 Minutes 36 Seconds I cannot tell you the number of conversations that I have participated in, or the number of sermons or Bible studies I have heard, where someone made the statement, “The problem with Paul is…” and then the person made a definitive...

Pin It on Pinterest