The right way to love Israel. (9-10-09 unedited script-used with Jan's permission.)

My name is Jan Spence. I am a Jew who believes that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah who was prophesied in the Tenakh/Old Testament. To me the greatest blessing has been to find Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus).

To truly love, it takes more then church attendance or singing hymns. It takes a new birth. Christians loving people is a supernatural thing. Christianness is measured by Jesus. Because they love and have been blessed by the Jewish Messiah, Christians have a special place in their hearts for the Jewish people. They wish to bless and support the Jewish people and the land of Israel. As a Jew, I am pleased that Christians wish to bless and support my people since so many are against the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

Christians United for Israel has a policy that anyone who would dare to share the gospel of Jesus with the Jewish people will be asked to leave. Christians are asked not to talk about the greatest blessing Christians have to give the Jewish people. David Brog is the executive director of CUFI. In his book Standing With Israel he says, “While there is no evidence that the Christian-Jewish alliance in support of Israel [ aka CUFI] facilitates the conversion of Jews, there is evidence that the alliance actually works to impede efforts to convert Jews” (David Brog, Standing With Israel, Lake Mary, Fla.: Frontline Publishers, 2006, 188-189). In an article published by Jewish Telegraphic Agency/July 8, 2006, “If rabbis would put more emphasis on putting Jewish kids into Jewish schools, young Jews would never want to become Christians," Hagee said.

I applaud Christians who love and support Israel, but not at such a great cost to the Jewish people or to the Christianness of Christians. Christians should not compromise in order to love and support the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Throughout the ministry of Paul, he yearned for his fellow Jewish people to come to know Jesus as their Messiah and savior so in each city, he went to the synagogues to tell them about the Messiah.. Love and support is wonderful but Christian love should include the desire for the Jewish people to hear about Jesus, and the greatest blessing a Christian could give to Israel is the good news that the Messiah has come.

Acts 4:18 "And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. (v.19) But Peter and John answered and said to them, 'Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; (v.20) for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.'"

I believe Christians can and should support Israel and the Jewish people but without compromise, so not with Christians United for Israel. The cost is too high. That is not the right way to love Israel.

Jan Spence
Home phone (802) 434-3508

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