Posted by Pastoral Musings on 17th August 2011
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater says that Glenn Beck’s Jerusalem rally is not good news for Jerusalem and the Jews.
The two-state solution, and President Barack Obama’s attempts to revitalize negotiations based on the same set of principles all presidents, prime ministers and negotiators in the Middle East have used for decades, is the only hope for Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state. But Beck doesn’t care about that because the messianic vision of the “end times” actually involves the destruction of Jerusalem, which paves the way for the Second Coming. This is why Beck and the whole Christians United for Israel movement is actually a false front of “support for Israel,” which, sadly, many Jews have bought into as true support. In the interfaith work that I do, though, Muslim, Jewish and, especially, Christian colleagues of mine all agree: Glenn Beck is bringing nothing positive with regard to the healing of our fractured world.
In fact, Beck’s rally is actually a dream come true for Hamas and Hezbollah. They are, unwittingly perhaps, Beck’s radical, religious fundamentalist partners in crime who also crave the war to end the world. Lovers of Israel, friends of the Jewish people and seekers of peace should do some praying of our own: Pray that Israel doesn’t grant Beck a permit for his circus show. This could be one of the smartest things the Netanyahu government ever does.
It would be a blessing for many Christians who declare that we must always stand by Israel to understand that standing by Israel is not always what the right wingers tell us it is.
Now I’m politically conservative, and much more so than Joel (HT). I am also a Fundamentalist, or conservative Evangelical (that kind of depends on which camp you are in- “let him that readeth understand”). That does not change the fact that we must realize that this “Israel first” theology is more of a political ideology that is quite wrong-headed and hurtful to the Jewish people.
There is a difference between being from Israel, being Jewish, and being a Zionist. Don’t believe it? Click here.
See also John Hagee Is Of The Devil.
- Glenn Beck in Israel (israelnationalnews.com)
- Glenn Beck’s religion and mine (thehill.com)
- Glenn Beck Has A Solution For Israel’s Current Social Crisis (huffingtonpost.com)