Much of today’s organized church (I’m speaking, of course, of the humanly organized church) politically supports the nation Israel in the Middle East. They do so because they believe that Israel in the Middle East is fulfillment of biblical prophecy. It is not. All biblical prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ (for more on this, see the post All Bible Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled). Neither today’s nation of Israel nor today’s church are creations of God, as was ancient Israel and the New Testament church. Today’s entities are both creations of men.
I do not have a position on the politics of the Middle East. I am neither pro-Israel nor anti-Israel. I am just saying it’s a mistake to assume that God is any more involved in that nation than He is any other nation. God governs the affairs of all nations. They rise and fall according to His will and their degree of adherence to it. There was a time when Israel was God’s unique holy nation, but that time is past.
The organized religion of Christianity is the church of the flesh. That is, it is the visible church. This is distinguished from the true church which has the Lord only as its leader. It is comprised of all those who hear and obey Him. They do not have a building, a meeting time, or a tax-exempt status. You and I can not even know all its members – but the Lord does, and that’s the membership that counts.
It is only natural that the church of the flesh would support the Israel of the flesh. I don’t think this bothers the Israelis because they generally do not claim to have have a divinely inspired government as did the ancient Israelites. This idea does bother today’s church because it does think it is divinely inspired as was the church in the apostles’ day. They err to think so, and everyone but them knows it.
If you desire to be subject to a divinely-inspired, spiritually-governed church then acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and live for Him all the days and hours and minutes of your life. He sees in secret, and He is the only one you need to please.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .