Even when I was a believing Christian, I often wondered, is Israel really ” God’s Chosen People ” ? My parents had 6 children. Had they publicly announced that I was their “chosen child” , wouldn’t that have created a lot of animosity among the other siblings? Of course it would ! It would be a very foolish thing for a parent to do !
And yet, according to the Christian Bible, that’s exactly what their God did. He announced to the World the Jews were his “chosen children”. And why would an Omniscient Omnipotent God do something so foolish ?
The Huffington Post did an article about this very subject which I found interesting. They start out by saying, “There are few concepts in religion that are more emotionally loaded and more misunderstood.”
I read a post yesterday over at Freedom Through Empowerment about “Thoughts on Jerusalem“. Tricia seems to be a thoughtful Christian Blogger who shows respect for those who disagree with her views. I told her I would probably be doing a post based on her post. I intend to show her the same respect she has shown me.
On her recent trip to Israel she says, “My visit there has convinced me more than ever that you can’t fully comprehend what’s going on in the the world unless you understand the formation of Israel by God, the designation of its people as chosen and the importance of protecting them from extinction. How the World treats Israel is a direct reflection of it’s spiritual and moral health, which could use some help right now.”
The Huffington Post goes on to say, “The Jewish concept of the “Chosen People” is not a badge of superiority and separation. Quite the contrary: Jewish chosenness is a humble call to action and responsibility. Jews are chosen much as one may say to a child: “The room needs cleaning, and I choose you to do the work; you are my ‘chosen’ child.” In this way, all people are chosen for something. Jews specifically have been chosen to, or have chosen to, be of service to others so that the world may be a more just place.”
In Tricia’s Comments Section , blogger Colorstorm says, “But you are dead right. There is no understanding of prophecy apart from the apple of God’s eye.
And btw, people gripe that the US is irrelevant in the plan of God………..! Uh hello? I will bless them that bless thee……………………..Being a friend of Israel is a pretty good idea. Makes sense to be on good terms with the Creator.”
If The Huffington Post is correct in saying, “Jews specifically have been chosen to, or have chosen to, be of service to others so that the world may be a more just place” , how is this working for them and their Middle East Neighbors ? When Tricia says, “How the World treats Israel” , I would say how Israel treats the World is also important.
Your thoughts ?