There is an issue that is heavy on my heart. Before I get into it, it’s important that you understand that my purpose here is not to judge, but to raise a serious concern that I have for many who are being led astray by deception and a misunderstanding of God’s plan.
When traveling in the USA a few years ago, I gave a word that I believe the next divide within the Church will be over the issue of Israel. I feel this is truer today than ever before. More and more, I read reports of different Christian denominations that are allowing an anti-Israel agenda to influence their decisions and their official stances vis-à-vis Israel.
On my current trip to the USA, I have the opportunity to speak at many different congregations and meet with many pastors. Naturally, the issue of Israel always comes up from a theological perspective. In a recent conversation with a local pastor, I raised my concern for those who believe the lie that God has rejected Israel due to Israel’s rejection of Him.
Why am I concerned? In short, I believe people who subscribe to this view do not fully understand the concept of God’s grace. These are the same people who say that they are saved by grace alone, and in the same breath say that God’s grace is limited because when it comes to Israel, His grace is finished because He has rejected Israel.
But Scripture speaks to the opposite! The prophet Isaiah writes:
“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1
From this verse, we see an amazing relationship between God and Israel. God created Israel and Israel is God’s. God is faithful and is infinitely full of grace and to say otherwise is utterly foolish. In the same chapter, God also makes a strong statement referring to Israel:
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
God does what He does for His own glory and namesake; His standards are different than ours. He is faithful to His promises and He is full of grace. Indeed, His faithfulness to Israel throughout the ages should be a great encouragement for each of us!
My brothers and sisters, what God do you want to believe in? The One who created the Heaven and Earth, who is faithful to His promises and full of endless grace? Or the One who will turn His back on you because you haven’t upheld your part of the deal?
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel, July 20, 2016, and reposted with permission.