The news has taken the Jewish world by storm (see here and here and here and here). GOD TV, an evangelical Christian network, has obtained the rights to air the gospel in Hebrew on Israel’s largest cable network. But why is this so shocking? Evangelical Christians want everyone to believe in Jesus, meaning both Gentiles and Jews. Not only so, but they believe that the gospel is tailor made for the Jewish people, since, first and foremost, Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.
I can address this personally, both as a Jewish follower of Jesus (aka, Messianic Jew) and as a close friend of Ward Simpson, the president and CEO of GOD TV. (Ward was also a student of mine in the mid-1990s. I also host a daily, Q&A show on GOD TV, for which I receive no financial compensation. GOD TV’s Hebrew channel is called Shelanu, meaning “ours.”)
Here are the facts.
GOD TV is committed to being a friend of Israel, no matter what, helping to raise funds for needy Israelis, combating antisemitism, and standing with Israel politically.
GOD TV will continue to do that, regardless of whether one million Israelis believe in Jesus or every Israeli rejects Jesus.
Because GOD TV’s love is Christian, that love is also unconditional.
That’s why, long before there was even a thought of having a Hebrew-language outreach channel in Israel, GOD TV was raising money from its viewers to bless and help the people of Israel. No questions asked. No strings attached. No secret motives.
GOD TV will continue to do this, regardless of the backlash it is facing in the Israeli media and the Jewish press.
GOD TV will continue to oppose BDS.
GOD TV will continue to stand against the unfair treatment of Israel in the UN and other international bodies.
And, as long as the door remains open, GOD TV will preach the good news of Yeshua the Messiah in Hebrew on Israeli TV. That’s what followers of Jesus do. They share their faith. With everyone.
They also take the words of Jesus seriously, namely, that the gospel message begins in Jerusalem (see Luke 24:44-47; Acts 1:8). And they agree with the apostle Paul, who taught that the gospel was to the Jew first and also to the Gentile (see Romans 1:16).
Why should the good news be withheld from the Messiah’s own people? Isn’t that a form of discrimination?
A traditional Jew would say, “We don’t need your Jesus. We have our own covenant with God. We have the Torah. We have our traditions. Don’t bother us with your Christian message.”
But that’s also what a Muslim would say (in different words, of course): “We have Muhammad and the Quran. We have the true revelation.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown