March 24, 2015
Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Highlights Real Reason Evangelicals Support Israel
Significant Majority of Evangelicals Believe That Abrahamic Covenant Is Still in Force and That Promised Land Belongs to Jews
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Christians in America closely watched the recent elections in Israel, relieved and hopeful when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to a fourth term in a resounding victory.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land says there is a clear and distinct reason so many Evangelical Christians so strongly support Israel: their belief that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force.
“The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever,” Land wrote in an editorial for the Christian Post, where he is an executive editor. “A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the ‘Promised Land’ belongs to the Jews in belief and in unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.
“For millions of American Evangelicals,” he continued, “this promise is still in force. We should not only reject and oppose anti-Semitism wherever it rears its malignant head, but we are also admonished to support the Jews if we want to be blessed individually and collectively as a nation. Almost all Evangelicals regularly pray fervently for God to bless America. God has promised to bless those who bless the Jewish people.”
The three most virulently anti-Semitic countries in the last hundred years have been Germany, Poland and Russia, Land said in his editorial. And all three experienced a terrible and tragic twentieth century compared with the two least anti-Semitic countries in the West—the United States and the United Kingdom, who both experienced a far more blessed twentieth century.
“Evangelicals’ belief that they are to bless the Jews does not mean that we are to blindly affirm and support everything Israel does,” Land wrote. “If we really care about Israel, we are compelled to tell her when we believe she is acting wrongly or contrary to her self-interest. To those you really love, you tell the truth as you believe it to be, even when it hurts and causes offense. However, supporting Israel mean that you don’t try to coerce her to take actions she feels will endanger her national security.”
SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
SES’s 22nd Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Dr. Land, confirmed speakers include Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Paige Patterson.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 200 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, visit www.ses.edu/about-us/bringing-every-thought-captive.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute.
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Southern Evangelical Seminary is an accredited Christian college and seminary in Matthews, N.C., offering a wide variety of degrees including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte, N.C., area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian, focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.