By Jim Fletcher
Something has been on my mind, and I want to return to this
In my opinion, for a 20-year period, Israel
enjoyed tremendous successes, with regard to her American friends. The Six-Day
War brought a measure of security, in the sense that buffer territory
discouraged vicious enemies from massing to attack Israel
again. At least the Israelis had that.
Of course, Bible believers understand that evil never rests
(another opinion: in general, “good” does “rest” from time to time, giving evil
an eventual toehold that can only be confronted by good rousing itself, yet
again. Make sense?).
However, during this 20-year period, the seeds of
compromise and capitulation were sown. “Peaceniks” like Shimon Peres, Jimmy
Carter, Peace Now, along with Leftists and totalitarians, worked tirelessly to
diplomatically, militarily, and culturally. And while pro Israel Christians did
amazing things in promoting a positive message about the Jews, there were some
opportunities lost, too. Not enough credible books were distributed widely
enough. There was no sophisticated method of bringing large numbers of pro Israel
books to the masses.
Beginning in 1987, when Hamas was born and Hezbollah grew
up (emboldened by murdering 242 U.S. Marines in
in 1983), Israel
has been on the defensive. The handwriting has been on the wall for some time: Israel
must yield territory. Israel
must apologize for alleged crimes against the Palestinians. Israel
Now we find ourselves in an era of increased danger to our
allies and to ourselves. Last week’s rocket attack that killed an Israeli child
should not be tolerated by any civilized society. This act should be condemned
But it isn’t. In fact, we hear more often how Israel
is to blame. America
is to blame. Barack Obama makes this point, at least subtly, often. So does his
wife. So do his advisors.
The “Blame America First” crowd is emboldened. They are
Obama’s recent speech at the annual AIPAC convention was
received enthusiastically. He declared his undying love for the Jewish state. He
went John Wayne by declaring that he would stop Iran
from acquiring nuclear weapons. Et cetera.
I don’t believe anything he says. For one thing, what are
his real views? Those he expressed at AIPAC, or those expressed to supporters in Illinois,
those who are staunchly pro Palestinian? Obama has said in the past that he
can’t speak out candidly, publicly, about his thoughts on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because his pro-Arab views would not play well
with pro Israel
All this is a long-winded way of returning to a theme:
there isn’t enough vocal support for Israel.
In fact, there is the opposite.
Next month, I’ll attend the International Christian Retail
Show (ICRS), in Orlando.
This is the annual book/gift/music convention, in which suppliers display new
merchandise for potential customers.
Years ago, there was a solid contingent of pro Israel
publishers. People like David Lewis were featured prominently. Material that was
solidly biblical was the priority.
I’m going to say a hard thing: Biblical material is no
longer the priority for many publishers. This is where Hamas, Obama, Carter, and
the rest become important. The turning away from Israel
in our wider culture has affected our church culture. What happens there
trickles down to here. In other words, the Church is shaped by what happens in
And the culture is not pro Israel.
One only has to look at Bible studies based on popular TV
shows, celebrity authors, and secular marketing schemes to see this. As American
society goes, so goes Christendom.
That’s why one attending the ICRS show will see many, many
books by Emergent Church
authors. There will be tons of vapid books by vapid celebrity authors promising
There won’t be many books supportive of the Apple of God’s
Eye. There will even be a fair number of books that bash Israel.
I won’t reveal everything I know about Christian publishing
here, right now, but suffice to say there are powerful voices out there
promoting an anti-Israel agenda. They do because we have reached the place in
American history where a politician like Barack Obama can stand at the brink of
the ultimate in personal ambition.
My dream for some time has been to create an alternative
market for pro Israel
books — one that does not rely on traditional sales channels (i.e., chain
Christian bookstores, distribution hubs, etc.).
How do you feel about it? If solid books and DVDs
supportive of Israel
could be found and distributed, would you and your friends support that? Would
you be interested in reading books that inform us about Islam, the place of Israel
in today’s world, and credible Bible prophecy?
If you’d be interested in knowing about such materials, let
me know. Because at this critical juncture in world history, Israel
could use the help.