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.
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.
A recent survey of Evangelical Christians revealed that a majority of them acknowledge that God accepts the prayers of Jews. Although this seems to be a positive development in Jewish-Christian relations, the idea that basic tenets of Christianity can be cast aside is the source of serious concern for the Christian clergy.
Pastor David Decker came to Israel in 1980 as a proud evangelical Christian, with a clear agenda to preach to the Jewish people. Thirty-eight years later, he’s advocating for Israel-loving Christians around the world to “come together under the spiritual direction of the leaders of Judaism” to help inaugurate the Messianic era.