Going to war with Iran for any reason, short of Iran directly attacking the United States of America, would be a foreign policy blunder with disastrous results. But going to war based on the theological fiction which confuses the modern nation-state of Israel with biblical Israel, equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and singles out Iran for its malign activities while ignoring the same activities by other Islamic governments, would truly be a disaster of biblical proportions.
Three very prominent politicians made the case for going to war with Iran at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel in Washington D. C. last week.
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Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the largest and most influential Christian Zionist group in the world. It was founded by pastor John Hagee and boasts of a membership of 7 million people. Hagee is a prominent evangelical pastor in San Antonio Texas. He is a proponent of the prosperity gospel, and the positive confession movement. More to the point, Hagee believes that Jewish people can be saved without conversion to Christianity.
This year’s summit was attended by about 5000 people and featured several prominent members from the Trump administration including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. Taken together these three speeches were troubling on a number of fronts.
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First, the speeches confused the modern nation-state of Israel with biblical Israel, and misinterpreted Scripture and history to make that point. Vice President Pence quoted from the prophet Isaiah:
You know, thanks to this President’s leadership, it’s true — our alliance with Israel has never been stronger. You know, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, for the sake of Zion, “I will not be silent,” it was written. And, my friends, this President, for the sake of Zion, has not been silent.
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