Come Hell or High Water – that seems to be the new catch phrase with respect to American support for Israel within both the US Christian evangelical movement and the White House (where it was reportedly uttered, verbatim, by President Bush himself).
This all came out after a recent meeting between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and a group of influential evangelical Christians who came to Israel to “show solidarity for Sharon.”
The use of Hell by Christian evangelicals as some kind of unit of measure is pretty odd. This, despite the otherwise forthright tone of Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals when he stated:
…that the official policy of the organization he represents is “to support the state of Israel come hell or high water. We are staunch supporters. We believe that you were chosen by God to lead the people of Israel in this difficult period. We fully support you, because we believe it is God’s will” … He said that Bush used those exact words â€“ support for Israel ‘come hell or high water’ â€“ during a meeting the President had with Evangelical leaders prior to November’s elections.
Christians can be so cute sometimes! What was not so cute was the attendance at this meeting of Jay Sekulow, a high profile Messianic Jew. Spokespersons at the Prime Minister’s Office played dumb of course, denying they had any idea that the little nebby guy in the corner wearing a Jews for Jesus Kippah and interjecting with occasional Yiddish jokes during the meeting, was in fact a Messianic Jew. Go figure – but I guess when you are an embattled Prime Minister, getting reamed on all sides, you take your support wherever you can get it.