On Tuesday February 26 the local "Christians United For Israel" group will put on a Night to Honor Israel at New Hope Church in Sunnyside (Portland, Oregon). Please see their flyer below.
I urge all friends of Israel to attend this event. For too long our Jewish community has been stuck in an outdated paradigm, where we believe all religious Christians want to convert us (or worse). I have worked with the evangelical Christian community for many years and I can tell you that they by-and-large do not believe in "replacement theology", do not seek to convert us, do not want us all to go to Israel to die, do not hate gays, are not rednecks, racists etc. These are gracious and courteous people, imbued with a Biblically-inspired love for Israel and Jews. They seek nothing in return for their support but to be allowed to express their friendship.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) have conducted Nights to Honor Israel all over the country. I have attended several, and they are simply inspirational. I'm sure you know that Israel has very few friends in this world: the UN regularly passes resolutions against Israel, much of Europe is turning negative, and the liberal Christian denominations with whom we have worked in the recent past, all seem to be engaged in promoting anti-Israel divestment or boycott policies. Our friends are few and far between indeed.
The Israel-Arab standoff is not just another political debate. It is not similar to deciding whether the Columbia River Crossing should have 9 lanes or 15 lanes. The age-old Islamist hostility towards Israel has caused tens of thousands of deaths...continues to this day...and may heat up even further in the immediate future, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
We need all the friends we can get. Our suspicions from past eras are out-moded and we need to get past them. Please understand that these wonderful people are unreservedly our friends, and join me to attend the Night to Honor Israel.
See the flyer below for further information.
From: Christians United for Israel
Date: Sat, Feb 9, 2013