Why evangelicals should think twice about equating modern Israel with Israel of the Bible

The other day, I raised a question for evangelicals who think standing with Israel means supporting them no matter what. How do you reconcile a “never criticize Israel” mentality with the overwhelming witness of the biblical prophets? If you’ve been told that unconditional support for Israel is the only “biblical” position, that the modern-day state enjoys … Continue reading Why evangelicals should think twice about equating modern Israel with Israel of the Bible

If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that from a biblical perspective the modern state of Israel and the Old Testament nation are one and the same. Let’s say the old covenant is still in force, that the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948 fulfilled biblical prophecy. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Paul’s assertion that “all Israel will … Continue reading If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible

Retributive violence is still violence, even when it’s a slushie

Nonretaliation and enemy-love are not some insignificant whisper lingering on the edge of Jesus’ ethical landscape. They are fundamental identity markers for citizens of God’s kingdom. — Preston Sprinkle, Fight It can be argued that Christine Weick committed an act of violence when she spent Mother’s Day camped at a busy intersection in suburban Grand Rapids with her … Continue reading Retributive violence is still violence, even when it’s a slushie

Children of the drone strikes: do they matter any less than the children of Sandy Hook?

Like most people, I remember watching the news unfold on December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza gunned down 20 first-graders and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I’m old enough to remember the mass shootings that preceded Sandy Hook. Killeen. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook was different, of course. Most of the victims were … Continue reading Children of the drone strikes: do they matter any less than the children of Sandy Hook?