The Significance of Israel to Christians: Beyond Borders, a Shared Spiritual Bond
In a world of diverse cultures, religions, and geopolitical complexities, the significance of Israel to Christians transcends mere geopolitical boundaries; it is deeply rooted in shared spiritual heritage, historical narratives, and theological beliefs. For centuries, the land of Israel has held a profound place in Christian theology serving as a cradle for faith, a testament to biblical history, and a focal point of spiritual significance. Understanding why Christians should care about Israel extends beyond mere political alliances — it’s a reflection of faith, heritage, and a sacred connection to the Jewish people.
Theological and Historical Ties with Israel
At the very core of Christianity lies the historical bond with the land of Israel. The origins of Christianity trace back to this ancient land, where Jesus Christ lived, taught, and ultimately laid the foundation for the Christian faith. The sacred sites in Israel — Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee — are not just geographic locations; they are spiritual touchstones for Christians worldwide. For believers, these places hold immense religious significance, symbolizing the life, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The emotional and spiritual significance of these sites draws millions of Christian pilgrims each year, seeking to walk in the footsteps of their faith’s central figure — Jesus Christ.
Further, the Old Testament of the Bible, revered by Christians as the Word of God, details the intricate history of the Israelites, their trials, triumphs, and the covenant between God and His chosen people. It is a historical and spiritual tapestry that intertwines the stories of Abraham, Moses, David, and countless others within the terrain of the ancient land of Israel. Understanding and honoring this shared history is fundamental to understanding Christianity’s roots and the significance of Israel to Christians.
Solidarity with the Jewish People
Beyond the theological and historical ties, the support for Israel among Christians often stems from a sense of moral obligation and solidarity. Christians often view Israel as a bastion of democracy, stability, and freedom in a region plagued by conflict. The shared values of religious freedom, democracy, and the preservation of sacred sites align with the core principles upheld by many Christian communities worldwide. In a world grappling with religious persecution and geopolitical strife, Christians often see Israel as a beacon of hope. The Jewish people have endured murders, threats, kidnappings, and violence — yet they remain a people determined to live.
Moreover, Christians find resonance in supporting Israel due to the shared experiences of resilience and perseverance. The history of the Jewish people, marked by exile, persecution, and the quest for a homeland, strikes a chord with the Christian narrative of faith and endurance. The restoration of Israel as an independent state in 1948 holds particular significance to many Christians, viewing it as a fulfillment of biblical prophecies and a testament to God’s faithfulness.
To Christians, caring about Israel is not merely a political stance; it is an acknowledgment of shared spiritual heritage, an affirmation of historical ties, and a commitment to upholding the values of freedom and peace. Christians have a responsibility to pray for the Jewish people and foster a culture of empathy, understanding, and compassion for all who call the land of Israel home.
God’s Plan for Israel Extends Beyond Borders
The bond between Christians and Israel transcends borders, cultures, and political ideologies — it is a bridge that unites believers across the globe, reminding them of a shared past and a hopeful future. The significance of Israel to Christians embodies a multifaceted relationship that encompasses spirituality, history, and a commitment to shared values. In the biblical account, God referred to Israel as “His people” (Deuteronomy 7:6); His “treasured possession” (Psalm 135:4), and even the “apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8). From Deuteronomy 7:6-10, we know that God did not choose Israel because they were strong or mighty. In fact, God chose Israel when they were small and weak — a people without a land.
Beginning with Abraham, God built a powerful nation. In Genesis 12:2-3, God promised,
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
They were chosen and blessed by God, not only for their own sake, but to be a blessing to all nations, for all time. God’s plan for Israel extended beyond borders. Israel is the cornucopia of blessing for the world through her Judeo-Christian influence, myriad of technological and medical advances, and most importantly — God chose the Jewish people to introduce the human line of the Messiah.
As stewards of our faith, Christians have a mandate to care deeply about the land and people that hold such profound spiritual significance in their beliefs.
“For Zion’s sake, [we cannot] keep silent.” May it ever be so.
Allen Mashburn is bold in his convictions that our country is only as great as our families. For more than 25 years, he has been a pastor, business leader, and outspoken public speaker — standing for liberty, values, and families. Allen is running to be the 36th Lt. Governor of North Carolina.