Israel or Jesus!

Israel and AbortionA recent news story gives a good example of what is wrong with much of the theology of today’s church.  Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz (“The Land”) reports:

Israel will pay for abortions for women aged    20 to 33 regardless of circumstance starting next year, health officials said Monday, adding that they hope to make eligibility for state funding universal in the future….
    The new rule opens it up for 6,300 more women to have a state-funded abortion next year, at a cost of about 16 million shekels ($4.6 million). The cost of all state-subsidized abortions is estimated at 24 million shekels a year.

Most Evangelicals rightly decry the sin of abortion. It is clearly one of the most pernicious evils of our day. However, most evangelicals also misidentify the recipients of the blessings of God according to His covenant. We all know that God promises blessings to those who bless the seed of Abraham, and curses to those who curse that seed. The Apostle Paul in no uncertain terms tells us who that seed is in Galatians 3:16:

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.

The Seed of Abraham is Jesus Christ.  Blessing and cursing come upon a people based on how they relate to Jesus Christ.  A reading of the Bible makes this clear. Nations and institutions and people are all blessed or judged based upon how they regard Christ.

In Matthew 25:40 Jesus said:
‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Modern evangelicals have kind of a theological dilemma because of this latest story. Do they stand for the babies, the least of these, or do they stand for the “chosen nation” that is killing them?  True, this is not a problem unique to Israel. America is possibly even more guilty, but most American Evangelicals don’t claim, at least verbally, that blessing and judgment come from how we treat America.

1 Peter 2:9-10 says of those who are in Christ,

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

The seed of Abraham is Christ, and all those who belong to Christ. Blessing and judgment come from how we regard Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ must cry out against the sin of abortion, no matter where it takes place.

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Michael Denna is a reformed pastor and expert on American Dispensationalism. Mike and his wife Michelle lived in California's Sacramento Valley for 24 years and they have recently moved to Grand Junction Colorado where Mike is now the Pastor at Providence Reformed Church.

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2 thoughts on “Israel or Jesus!

  1. John Stoos

    Since we have the blood of over 55 million babies already on our hands we need to remember that it is ‘America or Jesus’ as well in many quarters.

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