In the context of a flourishing era for Jewish-Christian relations in the United States and abroad, Israel is witnessing a new level of passionate support from Evangelical Protestant Christians – a group that represents more than a quarter of Americans, according to the Pew Research Center.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” (Malachi 4:4-6)
That’s the message I woke up to Wednesday morning from a friend on the west coast. A few minutes later I learned that our mutual friends, Ossie Mills, had died suddenly at 58. We chatted about Ossie, how I got to know him through a unique project he was running to bring Christians to Israel, how it was in fact Ossie who introduced us. And we consoled one another.
As the daughter of the prominent evangelical minister, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries, is a second-generation lover of Zion. Her father was a forerunner in Christian support of Israel, leading his thousands of followers to support the Jewish state politically at a time when this relationship was just beginning. Lotz has taken that relationship deeper and internalized it into her personal spiritual service.
When Breaking Israel News spoke to Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaim Justice to the Nations (PJTN), she was in a fiery mood. “In a really busy week,” she remarked, “we will maybe send out four calls-to-action emails; on Monday alone, I sent out six.” That was the main thread of our lengthy and detailed conversation, the return and growth of the scourge of antisemitism in American life; in schools, on college campuses and yes, even in the church.