Israel, Hamas, and Covenant and Dispensational Theology

There is much Christian hububbing going on about Israel currently as they swap missiles with Hamas.

Politically speaking, I believe Israel has a right to defend itself. I see much twisted reporting coming out of the situation, showing Israeli inflicted casualties and no mention of Hamas evil at any point.

One thing that surprises me is the Christian reaction to Israel.

If you are a Covenant Theology person, I don’t understand why you’d give a rip about Israel any more than any other nation. Covenant Theology believes the Church has replaced Israel as God’s chosen people, the Church has swiped all the blessings and left Israel holding the curses. Israel is merely getting what it “deserves.”

It makes no sense to me that a Covenant Theology Christian would be moved to defend Israel for any sort of Christian doctrine, other than perhaps mere Christian sympathy.

If you are a dispensational theology person, I also don’t get why you are bugged about Israel. Dispensational theology sees that the Old Testament Covenant with Israel was earthly bound, whereas now we have a heavenly calling–set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth.

Nowhere does the Bible say that Israel will be rescued by Christians or America or any other country. Israel won’t be saved until Christ returns. It is a mockery of dispensational thought for a dispensationalist to desire to want to send missiles to Israel so they can get their land back, when the land isn’t the point anymore.

Christians are not to be entangled with the affairs of this world and I don’t get why so many get fired up about this sort of thing. It’s just another example of how a fallen world continues to struggle and groan, waiting for Christ to return and set it all right.

We need to consider carefully that being called to think on heavenly things and not earthly things actually means something. Israel is another nation that wants to protect itself. This is fine, but it’s not a Christian cause.

But what about the sheep and the goats of Matthew 25? I have heard this repeatedly explained as God’s judgment for how nations treat Israel. It isn’t. It’s a judgment based on how people treat any follower of Christ. The brothers Christ refers to are defined elsewhere like this, “whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother.” Modern Israel is not doing the will of Jesus’ Father.

How we treat the earthly nation of Israel has nothing to do with our stand before God on judgment day (unless, of course, it is sinful). The modern earthly Israel has little in connection with the nation of Israel God established and ruled over.

Perhaps I am wrong. I am willing to be corrected, but I am largely confused by the Christian response to modern Israel.

3 thoughts on “Israel, Hamas, and Covenant and Dispensational Theology”

  1. Well said. I’ve never found reference to America in the Bible either, yet most Americans seem fairly well convinced that their activities are God-ordained for my benefit.

    Anyhow, the people who currently inhabit Israel are not of Semitic stock and do not have Palestinian ancestry. They originated in the Caucasus region of what today is Soviet Union and became Jews through conversion, on the orders of their king.

  2. >I am largely confused by the Christian response to modern Israel.

    One reason: it’s much easier to bomb Palestinians (or Israelites, if you’re a Palestinian) than to clean your own house and body from sin.

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