The Roman amphitheater hosts some of the wildest concerts in Israel, but it rarely sees a crowd as excitable as this one. After all, this was no mere musical act, but the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck.Sunday evening, I chanced upon this event as it was being televised on TBN. (Obviously I chanced upon it because who purposely watches TBN?) I watched 4 speakers, including John Hagee.
The former Fox News talk-show host was joined on stage by the American evangelical icon John Hagee, who, in a twist on Kennedy's famous "ich bin en Berliner" comment had the crowd chanting "ani yisraeli," which means: "I am an Israeli."
Today was the first fixture, a rally attended by 3,000 people, mostly Americans who traveled to Israel especially for the Beck events. It took place at Caesarea Amphitheater, an impressive venue built in the first century by Herod the Great.
I heard “Jesus Christ” mentioned only one time--by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. The context? "Christians are standing with us [Jews]. We believe Jesus was a good Jewish teacher, but not God or the Messiah." (This is not an exact quote, but with these very words he SPECIFICALLY and FORTHRIGHTLY denied Jesus was and is God the Messiah.)
And all the Christians were cheering. It made me sick. Shame on Hagee and every Christian mindlessly "standing" with Christ deniers--on the mistaken notion or basis that they [Jews and Christians] are worshipers of the same God. "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son" (1Jn 2:22).
The Bible couldn't be more clear: Those who deny the Son do not have the Father and actually call "Him [God] a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son" (1Jn 5:10).
Hagee and others consistently referred to the writings of Moses--as though this is common ground. But what does JESUS our LORD say to the Jews [and everyone else] who deny Him? "If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me" (Jn 5:46).
Ultimately, the only biblical thing, the only truly loving thing, is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our Jewish friends. It is utterly unloving and unchristian to tell Jews “You’re okay” or “You’re God’s chosen people"--APART from faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of all men.
Rather than follow Christian Zionists, let us emulate the attitude of the Apostle Paul.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved…For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:1,3-4)