May 11, 2015
Southern Evangelical Seminary: 67 Years After Israel Became a Nation, Much Work Left to Do, Says Richard Land
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sixty-seven years ago this week, the world took note of one of the most significant moments in history—Israel becoming a nation on May 14, 1948.
Today, Israel stands as the only beacon of freedom in the Middle East and the strongest ally to the United States in that region.
Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), a leader in apologetics education, says that as Israel celebrates its 67th anniversary of its independence as a nation, Americans would be well-advised that the future of the United States is inextricably interwoven with America’s support for Israel.
“Scripture clearly says that God blesses those who bless the Jews, and God curses those who curse the Jews,” Land said. “America as a nation is experiencing God’s judgement—we see it every day as we no longer enjoy the prosperity and security we once did. However, I believe the reason we are not under even more of the judgement of God is that we have been the most consistent supporter of Israel and the least anti-Semitic country in the West since America recognized Israel 67 years ago.”
Land added, however, that our nation is in grave danger of losing God’s blessings and protections by turning its back on Israel.
“When America begins to back off of its support for Israel or begins to undermine Israel, then we had best recollect what is said in Genesis chapter 12: ‘God blesses those who bless the Jews, and God curses those who curse the Jews,’” Land continued. “The United States stands at a place today where Americans need to get on our knees and beg for forgiveness for slighting Israel.”
Land noted, too, that even among Evangelicals, there is a growing disregard for God’s clear warning that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.
“Among Millennials and even among Evangelicals, there is a growing idea of moral equivalence between Palestine and Israel, and this stems in large part from the infiltration of our educational system with philosophies that endorse studying Islam but not Jewish history. Across the country, we see the establishment of ‘Chairs of Islamic Studies’ on secular college campuses, and this has contributed to the trend of questioning Israel’s God-given right to exist as a nation.
“The passage of time cannot change God’s unchanging word. As we celebrate the establishment of Israel as a nation, we must remember that God’s promise of blessing remains for those who bless Israel, and his promise of judgement remains for those who do not.
“I consider it one of the signal privileges and honors in my life to have been chosen to be part of the official U.S. delegation that accompanied President Bush to attend the 60th anniversary of Israel’s independence in May of 2008. Everyone who attended was deeply moved both by the Israelis’ dedication and love for their country and by their fierce resolve to pass on their freedom to their children and their children’s children.”
SES is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Dr. Jay Richards, Dr. Hugh Ross, Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Paige Patterson.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in 2015 on the NRB Network and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EDT. This spring, it began airing on the Total Living Network, reaching nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, visit www.ses.edu/about-us/betc.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.
Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked No. 1 for its General Christian Apologetics Graduate Program by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.” For more information, visit the SES web site atwww.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.
Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary in Matthews, N.C., offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.