Back in February of 2007, Don Miller and I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article speculating on possible Anti-Christs. While the article was co-authored, I remember Don referring to Israel as, "the country we evangelicals rub as a Biblical rabbit foot".
I'm sure he wrote that bit, because it seemed too incendiary for me. I wouldn't say I grew up a Christian Zionist, but I would say I'm glad the my country supports Israel. Through the Old and New Testaments, the idea of the Jews as God's chosen people persists. Chalk it up to bad theology, American culture, whatever...I have a harder time criticizing Israel than others.
Part of this, too, is it's difficult to imagine living in Israel. Here in the US, the idea of preemption is easy to dismiss: we have buffering borders and a vast amount of land. Israel, surrounded by the sea and enemies (and Egypt, a former enemy), does not have the same luxury.
That said, the most recent casualty reports out of Gaza claim between 500 and 555 Palestinians are dead, 2,750 wounded. At least 100 of those are women and children. Israel says it has killed 130 Hamas fighters.
9 Israelis are dead. Some of those have been from friendly fire.
Hearing these reports, my first response is still to defend Israel. Israel has a right to defend herself. What about the 10 rockets Hamas has fired into Israeli territory, including one that hit a kindergarten?
The Israeli kindergarten was empty. 9 Israelis are dead. At least 100 Palestinian civilians.
I knew, though, millions of American Christians will hear those same reports, and won't bat an eye. To them, Israel is good, and Palestinians are bad.
I may not agree anymore, but I can understand Christian Zionism. My question is: when did this mean we need to agree with everything Israel does, to support them at all costs?