publish] among the chief of the nations” (Jeremiah 31:7).
Israel and the US – A
By Stan Goodenough
Jerusalem Newswire (Extracts – go to
http://jnewswire.com to get the rest)
“I believe the main
reason the United States was founded 250 years ago was so that our great
country would be in a position to stand with the restored nation of Israel
in these days.” This astonishing point of view was expressed by a North
Carolinian Conservative candidate for the US Congress in conversation with
an American pastor friend early in 2004. Apparently, David Huffman believed
that when, in the early 17th century, God moved on the hearts of men to
leave England and make their way west, it was in His mind to plant a new
nation to which He would bequeath a special honor and spectacular destiny.
When God brought about
the independence of the United States in 1776, He was supervising the
founding of a nation He purposed to have in place about two centuries later
as the world’s mightiest superpower. And His reason for elevating America to
this position was so that she would ally herself with the surviving remnant
of the Jewish people, help them take root again in their national homeland,
and support them in their struggle against a hostile world.
So America exists for
Israel’s sake? What an absurd thought!
By such reckoning, all
the major events that shaped the United States – from the days of early
settlement [to] the Space Race – took place ultimately so that the United
States could be positioned to stand with the Jewish nation in the 20th and
Surely a ridiculous
idea! Israel is one of the smallest nations on earth, just 26,990 square
miles or 43,436 square kilometers in total surface area. It is home to 6.8
million Israelis, nearly 80 percent of them Jewish. The daily lives of its
people revolve around the basic issues of survival against military
onslaught, preserving Israel as a Jewish state and yet a democracy,
absorbing hundreds of thousands of new immigrants, building a prosperous
economy for its citizens, and battling for acceptance in a world that has
never had much time for Jews.
Events happening almost
everywhere on the globe impact Israel in one way or the other.
By contrast, the United
States could swallow this scrap of Jewish homeland 130 times. The 3.5
million square miles (5.6million sq. km) of that mammoth country are home to
300 million people, 98 percent of them non-Jews. It is the wealthiest, most
powerful military and industrial nation in the world.
For the majority of its
citizens, America is the center of the world. For some it is
the world. There is so much going on somewhere in the US at any given moment
of every day that events outside its borders often don’t penetrate the daily
The United States lies
half-a-world away from the State of Israel. Politically, it is largely
consumed with issues affecting its relations with the other great nations
[sponsoring numerous global initiatives] with a finger in almost every
political pie on the planet. And this giant’s purpose, its primary raison
d’ętre, is to be allied with Israel against the rest of the
How could any
serious-minded person accept such a notion? Well, David Huffman and his
pastor friend believe this to be true. For that matter, so do I. As a
non-American, however, perhaps it is easier for me to see things this way.
For most American Christians, raised to be deeply patriotic and fiercely
loyal to their country, and enjoying the sense of near-invulnerability
offered by such a powerful motherland, reaching a conclusion like this would
require a revolutionary paradigm shift.
To fathom this and
ultimately embrace it means to recognize that little Israel and no other
nation – no matter how large and mighty – is at the center of God’s plan for
But God had not
abandoned Jacob “whom He foreknew.” Although humanity had now entered the
Christian epoch, Israel – the desolate land and the scattered people –
outlived or survived in spite of every major kingdom and empire that existed
from the time of Christ until today, including Rome, the Byzantium and
Islamic states, the Crusaders, the British Empire, Nazi Germany, and the
Unlike all other
Gentile nations in history, America had the distinction of being built on
biblical bedrock. Dig down to her foundations, and you’ll find the
Scriptures there. George Washington: “It is impossible to govern the
world without God and the Bible.” His successor, John Adams, expressed
it this way: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious
people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In
1923, President Calvin Coolidge wrote: “The foundations of our society
and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would
be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be
practically universal in our country.”
It is this belief which
holds the key to America’s victorious survival against the forces that want
to see her go the way of all the powers before her. The Bible contains all
the answers, and all the plans, that God has for individuals and for
nations. And the nation central to its subject and present on all its pages
I believe God has
always had a special destiny laid out for America. And, tall order though it
may be at this late hour in our era, I believe that America can yet
rediscover and pursue that destiny.
It will require that
God’s people in that land exchange their perspective – which has their great
country at the center of the world – for God’s perspective, which has little
Israel in that place, at the hub of His still unfolding redemption plan.
[Today] by sending
American men and women deep into Afghanistan and Iraq to deal powerful blows
to Islam’s frontline forces, the United States is not only confronting and
working towards neutralizing the likes of those who carried out 9-11.
America is de facto defending Israel at the same time.
Will she then, as she
is poised to do at the very height of this battle, sell Israel out to the
very enemy that aims to consume both the United States and the bruised and
bloodied little Jewish nation? -
Editor– My view
concerning America and Israel is expressed succinctly in the words by Stan
Goodenough of Jerusalem in the preceding article.
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