At a time when support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical leaders, it is also disconcerting to see apologetics ministries failing to present the uniqueness of the Jews and their role in history, to the audiences the apologists address.
And when we speak of “apologetics” and “apologists,” we are speaking of course of those who defend the Christian faith. We aren’t apologizing for that.
What we might apologize for, though, is the almost total absence of discussion of predictive prophecy or modern Israel’s connection to the ancient Israelites. I mean, the sanitization of the specialness of the Jews from Christian apologetics is a virtual scandal.
And no talks about it.
I recently asked several leading apologists about this. One tersely replied that if by predictive prophecy I mean the Messianic prophecies then, yes, they cover it.
Another said, “I’ve never studied it much.” The end.
Another replied that he didn’t know much about it.
So there you have it. We can listen to apologetics talks, read the materials, even visit museums. But we will, in those venues, miss completely the gargantuan example of God’s power, sovereignty, and majesty in preserving the Jews and bringing them back to the land just as He promised to do over and over in the Old Testament.
Instead what we get today from the evangelical leadership is a pressing-in of the so-called Palestinian narrative, an alternate universe from the one that acknowledges and appreciates the specialness of the Jews in predictive prophecy.
I’m amazed this state of affairs exists. The return of the Jews to their ancestral land is the most astonishing evidence in our day that God is alive and active in the world. Yet, crickets chirping from evangelical leaders.
What might account for this total lack of information among apologists regarding this subject? Do you have any thoughts about it?