USA - Young Evangelical Support for Israel Plummets

Arno Froese

Support for Israel among young Evangelicals has plummeted by over 50% in just three years, posing a potential threat to American backing for the Jewish State.

“This should be a wake-up call for Israeli policymakers,” said Dr. Yoav Fromer, head of The Center for the Study of the United States (CSUS) at Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Motti Inbari of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Dr. Kirill Bumin of Boston University will present their significant findings about the changing nature of Evangelical support for Israel during a virtual conference organized by CSUS. The data are part of their new book, Christian Zionism in the Twenty-First Century: American Evangelical Opinion on Israel, published by Oxford University Press.

“In three years, Israel will need to start renegotiating another 10-year MOU on military aid the country receives from the US. [former president Barack] Obama gave us a great deal. A much different demographic may not have the same willingness to continue to support Israel in such a way,” Fromer said. “This has real practical ramifications.”

Part of it is that the “young generation of Americans grew up in a very different information environment than their parents and grandparents,” explained Inbari. “While the older generations have witnessed Israel’s struggles existing in a hostile Middle East, for the younger generation, Israel is portrayed as the aggressor while the Palestinians are victims.”

The younger generation of Evangelicals is also undergoing shifts in their theological beliefs. While their parents and grandparents viewed Jews and Israel as crucial for redemption, this perception seems to be evolving among the current generation.

“Our survey shows that pastors who adhere to the most pro-Israel theology, called premillennialism, are older and less diverse than pastors who adhere to the amillennial and postmillennial theological views, which see the Jewish people and the State of Israel as no longer important for God’s plan for the second coming of Christ and the End Times.

-www.jpost.com, 12 February 2024

Arno's Commentary

Most Bible-believing theologians, pastors, and authors recognize that Christianity is connected to Israel. That seems to get buried by the tendencies of more modern theological thinking. One of the popular Bible verses in this regard is Galatians 3:28-29: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Apparently, they conveniently overlook that this is a spiritual matter; we are one in Christ Jesus, but a Jew remains a Jew just as believers in Jesus remains male and female. 

When the apostle Paul speaks of Israel, he writes: “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25b). The distinction cannot be made clearer: Israel remains Israel, and Gentiles remain Gentiles. Besides, those who claim to be spiritual Israel should recognize that they are still blind, according to the above verse. Only through God the Spirit can we understand the depths of Holy Scripture: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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