American Evangelicals and Modern Israel: A Plea For Tough Love by Frederic M. Martin
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” Evangelical Christians are often reminded of God’s strong proclamation to Abraham and his descendants, recorded in Chapter 12 of Genesis. And we continue to be taught that to criticize or even question modern Israel’s policies is to invite God’s judgment.
Early in his Christian life, author Frederic Martin endorsed this popular pro-Israeli position. But over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry, he slowly—reluctantly—realized that most evangelicals understand little of the Holy Land’s past and present. They’ve been misled about God’s promise to Abraham and the teaching of the Old Testament prophets.
American Evangelicals and Modern Israel: A Plea for Tough Love makes a clear case: Christians need not turn against Israel, but it’s time for us to turn from our unquestioning, uncritical, and unconditional support of modern Israel. It’s time to reconsider the unqualified support we presently give to that nation’s unjust policies.