For seven years there have been anti-messianic demonstrations in front of the home of Polly Sigulim. Once again, when probing deeper into the life of this widow of 3 sons all who are IDF soldiers we have to ask what has she done to deserve this hostile treatment. According to the Gur Hasidim she is involved in missionary activity for foster parenting several children whose Messianic parents have passed away.
This is ostensibly because she fostered some children from another Messianic Jewish family when their parents passed away. The Gur hold this up as some kind of proof of missionary kidnapping of children. This was a legal fostering according to Israeli law and in full accord with the wishes of the family. However be that as it may, Israeli law is not always as important to the Gur and other Haredi groups who often hold Israeli civil law as inferior to the law of their rabbinical courts. These rabbinical courts may very well serve their own communities adequately, but their rulings are not legally holding for other Israeli citizens who are from other communities, such as the Israeli Messianic Jewish community.
There were about 100 Arad residents on the side of Polly countering the protesters. This news clip shows how the protest went.
It was great to see Polly’s neighbors who know her best stand in her support. But there are ways we can help also even if we do not live in Israel. It is time for the Body of Messiah, especially in America, to shift their funds from certain aid groups to directly nurture the growth of our Israeli brethren. Subsequent to 1967, the resurgence of believing Jews in the land has lead to many organizations that not only further the gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus, but also provide humanitarian aid, even to Palestinians. Would it not be best for the generosity of Christians to be expressed through the ones who can give a voice of eternal hope to the recipient?
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews does not function as a Messianic Jewish group. The founder is a traditional Rabbi and does not have gospel purposes in mind. While preparing for this post, I listened to a recent podcast of ‘The Line of Fire’ with Dr. Michael Brown and quest Ron Cantor. They graciously gave attention to this issue and is recommended for the reader. (The discussion starts at about 1 hour and 19 minutes in the podcast).
So what are the alternatives for Evangelical supporters of Israel? I’m glad you asked, and we have some suggestions for you. Make it a matter between you and the Lord and follow His leading.
By channeling our giving to Israel in this manner our hearts and our treasure will be in line with the Father’s will of salvation by his Son Jesus. The conflicts that may arise by these funds going to the enemies of the gospel will be mitigated.
The import of this is even beyond the physical and natural needs that will be ameliorated. It is one aspect that leads to the salvation of Israel. The seminal influence in Israel for this is the Messianic community of believers. Let us do all we can with our funding of the gospel to ensure this promise even to generations to come.
John Paul is is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Jewish Issues.
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