Christians Must Engage With Israel at Perhaps Most Vital Time in Nation's History

A general view of Jerusalem's Old City shows the Dome of the Rock, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount.
A general view of Jerusalem's Old City shows the Dome of the Rock, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

American Pastors Network (APN) President Sam Rohrer recently returned from a trip to Israel, where he was part of noteworthy events and met with faith leaders and policy makers during a historic time for the nation.

Specifically, the main political event in Israel currently centers on the fact that on May 29, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition government. Now, parliament is dissolved, and a new election is on the horizon. A meeting Rohrer and other faith leaders attended was significant because it be recorded as the meeting during this 29-day period.

While in Israel, Rohrer said it became evident to him that the important Israeli and U.S. elections this fall are inextricably tied together. In fact, the coming election in Israel will occur on Sept. 17—Constitution Day in the U.S.

"All Christians should pray for peace in Jerusalem," he said, "as peace in Israel links so very closely with our own upcoming election. God has tied together our U.S. election next November to Israel's this September. They are linked as two legs in how we stand, and it should be our prayer that the ongoing link of the two will continue.

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"Christians should be more engaged, more passionate and more prayerful when it comes to Israel," he added. "We know God draws people in and calls them to be involved and that the American connection to Israel is blessed by God. Therefore, we should also link these two nations together and their impending elections in prayer. If Christians don't have a heart for Israel, they should. If they don't have a heart for our own country, they should."

While in Israel, Rohrer attended the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast (JPB), a prayer movement initiated and chaired by Knesset Member Robert Ilatov and co-chaired by U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Each year the JPB brings together government leaders and influential Christian leaders from all walks of society for a gathering in Israel's capital city to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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