A major problem in American Christianity today is the notion of “Judeo-Christian” values and “dual-covenant” theology. These notions are contributing factors to Christian Zionism and why some Americans believe that our people should sacrifice for Israel. Up until recently, the closest thing to a dual-covenant was that Gentile believers in Christ didn’t have to adopt Jewish rules like circumcision or dietary laws, but Jewish believers did. (Council of Jerusalem with key verses in Acts 15:19-15:29).
The term “Judeo-Christian” values seemingly was used for the first time in 1821 as a theory on how to convert Jews to Christianity by retaining aspects of Jewish traditions in certain churches. The term doesn’t seem to have had much use until the mid-20th century, where it basically became the raison d’être of the United States. If you listen to the would-be Prime Minister of Israel, Donald Trump, you’d think that America is a vassal of Israel.  Many “conservatives” treat it as if it’s a Christian duty to protect Israel and may even be why America exists. Given how widespread this view is in neocon circles, it’s an important and evergreen topic to address.
Many “Christians” have argued Jews are automatically saved, but on what scriptural basis do these so-called Christians base this view or their support of Israel? They often argue by clinging to one of many verses out of context like ” I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” (Genesis 17:7). Essentially, it’s a strange belief that God gives Jews a blank check because of Abraham. An Old Testament counter to this view is, “but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.”(2 Chronicles 36:16). Christ himself says explicitly the blood link to Abraham is not enough for salvation, also confirming the blank check is untrue. (Luke 3:8).
Any quote taken out of context is a bad argument, which is why it’s important to look at the Bible as a whole. What happens when the Jews disobey God? Does he continue to protect them? No. It’s a running theme throughout the Old Testament that the Jews abandon God, God abandons them, they repent, he saves the remaining ones, then they abandon him. There are a few key passages that clearly demonstrate the covenant is not an absolute. God says “But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’” (Jeremiah 7:23). That means the covenant is not a blank check but more “if you obey, I will protect.” This is further supported when God allows 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel to be destroyed and later allows the Babylonian captivity to occur to the remaining Jews because of their disloyalty to God. (2 Kings 17:18-20 and 2 Kings 25). One cannot say that the descendants of Israel are protected when 10/12 of them are wiped out.
If we establish that the Jewish covenant means God only protects the Jews if they worship Him, but they reject Christ, how can anyone believe that the Jews are protected? While it may be tempting to say, “but they’re still worshiping the Father, just not the Son,” that doesn’t work. ” Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33. An almost identical quote is found in Luke 10:16 and John 8:19). That seems clear that if you don’t follow Jesus, you’re not following God.
The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen is another key passage to assert Jews aren’t exempt from belief in Christ. (Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19). The parable discusses a man who hired people to check in on his servants who were watching his vineyard and the servants killed each of his inspectors. Finally, the property owner sent his own son and the vineyard servants killed him. Jesus then asked what would the lord of the vineyard do to those who killed his son and the respondents said “He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.” It’s clear from reading the Old Testament that the Jews kept breaking their covenant with God (often by killing his prophets who tried saving them from themselves). Those who kill the son are obviously not saved, but that’s not the end of it. “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:43). The Jews who reject God will not be saved and instead the Gentiles who accept God through Christ are saved. The Old Testament shows continually the Jews’ punishment for rejecting God’s prophets and Christ is the last chance for them. There will be no more prophets for them. Because they killed the prophets and God’s Son, God expands the covenant to Gentiles, but that does not change that Jews must worship God. By rejecting Christ, they reject God and fail their part of the covenant.
While some people may want to support Israel because of Messianic Jews, that argument makes little sense because they make up a tiny portion of all Jews worldwide (estimates look to be about 350,000 out of a total of roughly 14.5 million Jews worldwide, or 2% of all Jews). Even Messianic Jews recognize that Jews are not automatically saved from their blood relationship to Abraham or to Jacob. There are many more verses which support this argument, but it’s ultimately just more repetition. There is no dual covenant. There is one covenant and Christ is the fulfillment of it. (Matthew 5:17).
It’s clear that by rejecting Christ, Jews reject God and that by rejecting God they lose any protection from the covenant. Christian Zionism thus makes no sense as it is supporting people who reject God and from whom God has withdrawn protection. Some may say Christians have a duty to try to convert Jews, as Christians have a duty to preach to all people. That can be argued, but what cannot be argued is that it is Christian to destabilize Israel’s neighbors or give Israel billions of dollars a year of aid when God himself has withdrawn his protection from Israel. I don’t imagine anyone reading this is much of a supporter of the nation-state of Israel, but hopefully the arguments above will be effective to convince Christian Zionists that their support of Israel is not just foolish, but against scripture.
-By Ethan The Autist
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.