Good and Bad Israel Complexes

David P. Goldman (aka Spengler) tries to explain appropriate and inappropriate appropriations of Israel:

There is a fine but definite line, to be sure, between the Gentiles’ identification with Israel and their idolatrous desire for election in place of Israel. It is one thing for the Puritans to speak metaphorically of a new chosen people in a new promised land, and quite another for Joseph Smith to rewrite Scripture in order to place Jesus Christ on American soil. African Americans saw themselves as suffering Israel in Egypt, and their emancipation as a new exodus; that is not the same as James Cone’s eccentric 1969 claim that Jesus was black and that blacks are the chosen people.

Goldman thinks the key to this distinction is whether or not Christians engage in theocracy because he believes Christians are people of God “by the Spirit” not “by the flesh.” As such, Christians have a dual loyalty, one their nation by birth, the other their kingdom by new birth. He invokes the Jewish theologian Michael Wyschogrod:

As understood by Christianity, a model of dual loyalty develops. The individual belongs both to a nation and to a religion. He is a Frenchman and a Christian or a German and a Christian. As Frenchman or German, he is a member of a national community with territorial and linguistic boundaries. But he is also a member of the supra-national church which has no national boundaries . . . . The church is a spiritual fellowship into which men bring their national identities because they possess these identities but not because such identities play a role in the church. The church thus understands itself as having universalized the national election of Israel by opening it to all men who, in entering the church, enter a spiritualized, universalized new Israel.

This sure seems 2k friendly.

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2 thoughts on “Good and Bad Israel Complexes

  1. isn’t that three kingdoms? Or does the “secular” American empire serve at the pleasure of those in Israel who exclude from their nation certain versions of Christianity?

    http://thechristiancurmudgeonmo.blogspot.com/2014/07/israel-is-not-israel.html

    They are not killed because they are Muslims, and we are not killing as Christians. And that makes it natural.

    Does Wyschogrod really think that Zionists can still live in France? Or does a Jew have to give up his Zionism to get a seat at the secular table?

    How far is the distance between loyalty to two kingdoms at the same time and two covenants (for justification before God) at the same time?

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  2. Read Neusner (Children of the Flesh, Children of the Promise) and then ask yourself if being “in the covenant” has anything to do with genetic inheritance.

    Matthew 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother

    Matthew 10:37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

    Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

    Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

    Luke 12:53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother

    Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/05/a-new-christian-zionism

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