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March 15, 2005

Christians and Jews

From AgapePress:

Last summer, the Presbyterian Church USA voted overwhelmingly to divest from companies that do business with Israel and profit from Israeli presence in the West Bank and Gaza. And recently, the governing body of the World Council of Churches urged its members to look to the PCUSA as a model for pursuing divestment, saying the denomination's action "is commendable in both method and manner, uses criteria rooted in faith, and calls members to do the 'things that make for peace' (Luke 19:42)."

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), which is based in Chicago and Jerusalem. The Fellowship describes its mission as "promot[ing] understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians" and "build[ing] broad support for Israel and other shared concerns." In a recent column, the rabbi addressed the importance of the support of American evangelical Christians to the nation of Israel.

"Evangelical Christians are highly important allies -- particularly at this time, when Israel finds itself at a political and social crossroads," Eckstein says. "While it is true that many of the evangelical Christians belong to the right wing of the political map, their love for the State of Israel is unconditional. At a time when the rest of the world is arrayed against us, evangelical Christians are true friends who stand alongside us."

Rabbi Eckstein is unfortunately in a minority of Jews who see Conservative, Evangelical Christians as their allies. Fortunately we Evangelicals do not base our support for Israel and love for Jewish people on reciprocation.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 15, 2005 09:24 AM

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