Which Christians in the U.S. are most Zionist and why?
There's an interesting interview over at the National Review with a guy named David Brog (did they feel that they needed a Brock clone after having the worst of their lies exposed?) who is a former staffer for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter on Christian American support of Israel:
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Which Christians in the U.S. are most Zionist and why?
David Brog: The evangelicals. No contest. Their Zionism comes directly from their theology. But, as opposed to what most people think, this theology is driven by the biblical promises of the Book of Genesis, not the biblical prophecies of the Book of Revelations.Later there's this exchange:
Lopez: Evangelicals who support Israel really don't want to convert people?
Brog: Evangelicals who support Israel most certainly do want to convert people. Evangelicals who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t support Israel also want to convert people. The mission of sharing the Ã¢â‚¬Å“good newsÃ¢â‚¬Â of Jesus Christ is central to being an evangelical. But it is important to note that this is not about converting just the JewsÃ¢â‚¬â€Christians want to share their faith with Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and their Christian friends and neighbors who have yet to be born again.
The important question is this: Is evangelical support for Israel merely a tool in the effort to convert the Jews? Is this merely some scheme to soften the Jews up so that they can better sell Jesus to them? And the answer to this question is absolutely not.
If anything, the opposite it true. I and others who have worked with Christians in support of Israel all report that no one has ever tried to convert us. In fact, Christians who support Israel tend to know more Jews and to understand their sensitivities better than Christians who do not. Thus, they have learned that Jews find Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jesus talkÃ¢â‚¬Â offensive, and they tend to leave it out of the dialogue.