|A108 : by Tony Garland |
The original motivation for the star used on our website was an attempt to strike a middle ground behind the idea of the “morning star” which we await near the end of the dark night and just before the dawn (Rev. 2:28; 22:16; 2Pe. 1:19) while also indicating our support for the Jews, the chosen nation of Israel. Thus, we designed a star in the shape of the Star of David, but without the blue and white and crossing border.
It was only later that I came to understand that what I had drawn in solid yellow (rather than the more typical white and blue) was, in some cases, an exact match of the symbol which “symbolizes the persecution and humiliation of the Jews by their Nazi tormentors and collaborator” (http://www.holocaustmemorial.us/view1.htm).
While teaching the Scriptures, I have found it increasingly necessary to convey the Jewish aspect of the Scriptures in the face of Replacement Theology and general ignorance and even anti-Semitism on the part of the modern church. The orientation of our website and material we offer is an attempt to uphold the clear teaching of the Scriptures regarding our love for the Jews and their continued place as “the chosen nation” (Deu. 4:34; Ps. 147:19-20; Zec. 8:23 cf. Rom. 9:1-7; 11:1-2,11,25-29).
Although a culture which is increasingly hostile to Zionism may sway many in the Church to abandon support for the Jews, it is our intention to remain committed to supporting and conveying their Biblical role. As Paul said:
"Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:28-29, NKJV).
At the same time, we are committing to preaching the gospel of salvation which is through Jesus Christ alone and are unwilling to suppress this requirement in order to maintain a relationship with Jews who may have great animosity to this truth. It appears that some organizations are so committed to physically helping the Jews that they hold back on preaching the Gospel within Jewish contexts so as to retain favor for their ministry with the Jews. We do not believe this aligns with the example exhibited by the apostle Paul in the New Testament.