In a blog I posted last November, I stated that former Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu had a problem with mathematics. Well, once again another man trained in the U.S. educational system can't do his math correctly. From a report in Ha'aretz:
"Televangelist John Hagee told Jewish community leaders over the weekend that the 40 million evangelical Christians in the United States support Israel and that he plans to utilize this power to help Israel by launching a Christian pro-Israel lobby."
First of all, let me reiterate what I said in in that previous posting. According to current census figures (2000) Evangelicals only make up 7% of the entire U.S. population, which is currently ~288,000,000. The total population of the U.S., age 15 and up, is 230,400,000. Now, 7% of that is only 16,128,000, so where does anybody come up with 40 million Evangelicals?
In addition, just look around. Where are the 40 million Evangelical supporters of Israel? You can't find them because there isn't anywhere near that amount. How many are there? I don't know and am not interested in taking a census (King David got in trouble for that once). However, we shouldn't build ourselves up when the numbers aren't there. Look across the United States. Do you see millions of Christians holding prayer rallies for Israel? Have the Evangelical supporters of Israel in the U.S. raised millions of dollars to build up Judea and Samaria? Where is all the support? The congregation that Hagee leads only holds a "Bless Israel" night once a year. Why don't they just support Israel every day? Why do Christians have to start an organization everytime they want to support something? How many hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of manhours are wasted in just running those organizations? Neither Jesus nor any of the apostles ever started an organization. According to the way the Institutional Church works today, Paul should have started several organizations, such as the Greater Asia Evangelical Association and the International Brotherhood of Apostles. But he didn't, praise God. There's nothing wrong with being organized but forming organizations to do the work of the Lord? Just do the work of the Lord. Forget forming organizations; that's the way the world works.
This is an important point to make, as I pointed out in my previous post, because it gives Israel a false sense of hope. Those who truly follow Jesus don't have access to the U.S. government, at any level. Besides, we should be trusting in the Lord, not some corrupt political system created by man.
Hagee, Falwell, Bauer, and others can continue to look to the U.S. government for their salvation. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, and Him alone. Israel's salvation will only come from the Lord God of Israel, and not from Washington, D.C.