Israel Remains America’s Closest Ally in Turbulent Middle East
Leading Pastor and College President Dr. Paul Chappell: Christians Must Pray that U.S. Doesn’t Turn Her Back Again on Israel; America Needs God’s Favor Now More Than Ever
(EDITOR’S NOTE: First of two parts on Dr. Paul Chappell’s views on Israel in light of the 70th anniversary of becoming a nation on May 14, 1948.)
LOS ANGELES—Both Christians and Jews are reflecting this week on the upcoming 70th anniversary of Israel becoming a nation on May 14, 1948.
Dr. Paul Chappell, senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in California and the nation, and president of West Coast Baptist College, has written extensively on Israel over the years, especially how it pertains to voting for candidates here in the U.S. who support Israel.
“In the early pages of Scripture, God promised a special blessing to nations who support Israel and a definite curse to those who harm her,” said Chappell, who is also the author “Understanding the Times,” which contains an entire chapter on Israel. “Genesis 12:3 says, ‘And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.’
“Besides the fact that Israel is our closest ally in a turbulent Middle East, she is also a special nation,” Chappell continued. “God promised to bless those who bless her and to curse those who harm her. If our nation ever needed God’s blessing, it’s now. Since the modern rebirth of Israel in 1948, the United States has stood as her ally and willingly assisted in her defense. I believe our support for Israel is one reason God has so generously blessed our nation.”
Chappell said that he had been concerned about the seemingly seismic shift in policy and negative change in spirit toward Israel over the past several years. He appreciates the restored focus on our relationship with and support of Israel since last year’s change in presidential administration.
“Based on God’s promise to bless those who bless Israel, many Christians, myself included, hoped past disrespect and waning support for Israel was only a momentary move and not a complete change in direction,” Chappell added. “From several momentous announcements this year alone, such as the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the relocation of the U.S. Embassy there, and just days ago, the withdrawal of the U.S. from an Iran nuclear deal that was deeply concerning to Israel, it would seem that America is again on the path to restoring a right relationship with Israel. All Christians must pray that the United States stand firm in our unwavering support for Israel. We do not need less of God’s favor in America; we need His blessing now more than ever.”
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