Evangelical Support for Israel Declining, Especially Among Millennials

Evangelical Support for Israel Declining, Especially Among Millennials

Evangelical Support for Israel Declining, Especially Among Millennials

A new survey indicates that most American Evangelicals still voice strong support for Israel but Millennials in the church do not share that enthusiasm.

The organization surveyed over 2,000 American Evangelicals about their support for Israel, its place in the Bible, and the country's treatment of Palestinians.

MSNBC political commentator Chris Matthews appeared on "Morning Joe" Wednesday and said Evangelical Christians don't understand the politics of Israel because they have "mythical" beliefs about it.

"For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel", said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a statement.

Darrell L. Bock, a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, whom CP interviewed a year ago about a chapter he contributed to The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives About Israel and the Land, thinks Israel is not much of a priority for younger evangelicals.

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A second sponsor of the survey is Chosen People Ministries, whose president Dr. Mitch Glasser also attended the National Press Club press conference.

He added, "Don't think this isn't related to Alabama next week".

Joining Eckstein were Pastor Silmar Coelho of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Rev. Hyung Eun Chi, of Seoul, South Korea, both supporters of The Fellowship's work on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. Twenty percent said they were not sure and 5 percent disagreed. Asked to what extent American Jews should weigh-in on Israel's internal affairs - including the "religious status of the Reform and Conservative movements" - 55% of Israelis said "no". "Because it's the Christian Evangelicals down there with their insane ideas about Israel which is, I don't know, mythical". Younger Evangelicals also expressed doubt that Israel's creation in 1948 was a positive event.

"Overall support of evangelicals for Israel will drop significantly in the next decade if the younger generation is not educated to change their views", according to the survey, which was conducted at the request of pro-Israel evangelical leaders.

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