Monday, 8 January 2007
Over twenty years ago, I became aware of an organization calling itself "Baptists for Israel." It was indeed founded and funded by Baptists, but was actually organized under this name in order to give a little "getaway time" to members who were asked by inquiring Israelis, "What is a Baptist?" Had they named their organization "Christians for Israel," the same inquirers would probably have been turned off by the association that name brings to the mind of a typical Jewish person, and never inquired further.
In an interesting report from Israel, a friend of a friend reports that "Evangelical Christians" are now persona grata in Israel due to their steadfast support for the Jewish State throughout the most recent Intifada. The term 'Christian' has finally started to shed some of its historical baggage in Israel.
And it has also been reported that more Jews have "become Christians" in the past 30 years than in the previous 20 centuries.