A David before Goliath

Oh, little Israel, the size of New Jersey, once overrun by so many surrounding nations, with its people dispersed to the four corners of the earth where they often suffered, for centuries no place to call home until God called them back in 1948, never to be ousted again. Woe to the nation who tries, and several have, only to be soundly defeated. Do you remember the 1967 Six Day War?

The cry of the majority of the surrounding nations is “destroy the Jews;” despite that, some are half-brothers. Currently, Israel is under siege where they turned the other cheek as long as no nation would, suffering hundreds of Hamas rockets, Israel struck back with a vengeance.

Why is there so much news coverage of little Israel? Why? Because America, a so-called Christian nation, and other Christian nations, support Israel, including Pope Francis who recently gave audience to ranking Jewish clergy; they prayed together.

It is paradoxical that Christians support Israel, because Jews reject Christ as the Messiah. The answer may be because St. Paul, once a staunch Jew, became a Christian, but maintains in his writings that the Jews, nevertheless, remain God’s chosen people. That is enough for kindly Christians to be brotherly to Jews, and not to be judgmental.

Most Americans support Israel, with a little slippage of late, because of news coverage of Gaza children being killed and injured, but “war is hell.” Christ did not tell us otherwise; he said there would be wars, and there have been since he departed the world – thousands of them.

I am not a fatalist, but the Bible, not surprisingly, tells us that mankind’s last war will occur in that region – Armageddon. Not far fetched, given the oil-rich countries and the hatred in the region.

In the meantime, Israel remains a David before a Goliath. Didn’t David win the fight?

John Bryan

Parkersburg