TheBlaze posted a story earlier this week about a speech Republican Sen. Ted Cruz gave at a Middle Eastern Christians event in Washington, D.C.
The crowd seemingly started to turn on Cruz when he suggested that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Individuals in the crowd reportedly started booing and shouting, “stop it.”
He ended by saying “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” Cruz said. “Good night, and God bless.”
Here's what some readers of TheBlaze had to say about Cruz's speech:
For the first time in a long time, I am proud of a leader standing up and saying what he believes, despite being booed. You go Ted Cruz. If you run for president in 2016 you will have my vote. God bless you.
You have to give Cruz credit for entering the lion’s den and telling them what they needed to hear. A brave and principled man indeed.
What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right. I stand proudly with Israel and Ted Cruz.
SALT HURTS! We are going to see fake Christians exposed. This is going to be the normality, and God is a part of the eyes that are opened, and ears that hear through the many lies and liars from pulpits across the country.
Ted Cruz is taking that stand, and many will see just how broken our churches are. Believe it or not, this is a good thing. It means that revival is happening. We have to turn back to God, though the hearts of human knowledge will not understand the heart God says we have to have.
We need to pray for God to keep a hedge of protection on the voices that call out that which is not of God…even if they have the word ‘Christian’ in them.
“He who has ears let him hear.”
To people saying these are fake Christians, be careful. Them not agreeing with what's essentially the idolatrous worship of the state of Israel in some Christian groups in America does not make them non-Christian. What makes them Christian is their faith in Christ, not the Jewish state of Israel. Christians from the Middle East, like most Christians throughout history and throughout the world, do not hold to the idea that the state of Israel is in fulfillment of biblical prophecy or that we need to support Israel to be Christians. This is a uniquely American theological movement and belief system that almost thinks of Judaism as a legitimate religion.
That doesn’t excuse their booing of Ted Cruz, and I do think he is right: Israel should be the best ally for Christians of the Middle East. I look at the Islamic states and compare that to the Jewish state and it's clear that Israel is a better country. But Middle Eastern Christians — Christian Palestinians in particular — are unwilling to believe in the modern American doctrine of not criticizing Israel or not thinking it perfect.
I have a question, a real honest question. I’m not trying to start a fight here, I really want to understand this whole thing. What has Israel done for the U.S.? I have heard and read some things that I did not believe at first, so I researched and found they were true. The government of Israel has spied on the U.S. and has attacked and sank a U.S. Naval vessel. Americans died in that attack. The government of Israel has been caught selling confidential military technology to our enemies. After all of this I still see what looks to me like blind obedience to a group of people that I am unconvinced are our friends at all. We pay for the entire nation of Israel. We arm them. I am half white and half native American. I say this because I'm trying to make a point. I believe that God created all of us and that he loves all of us. I don’t buy into that whole "God’s chosen people" thing. Do you think God would bomb Palestinians? When I hear Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and Ted Cruz, they sound as though their first allegiance is to Israel. I believe Cruz will get the R nomination, because he supports Israel and because his wife is an employee of Goldman Sachs. And I have one last thing to say and I will stop for now: I have never understood how or why a person can disagree with something that the government of Israel does or has done and that person will almost always be labeled as being anti-semitic. That is wrong! Thank you.
There is something fishy about this. I will say that a lot of Palestinian Christians are thought to hate Israel but not all fall for it. Certainly the majority of Christians in the Middle East do not hate Israel. Why would they? They can’t support Hamas. If there is anything we know well, it's to NEVER trust a terrorist group like Hamas. I was born in Egypt and I am a Christian. I once defended Israel in front of my schoolmate in middle school and felt as though I was about to be ripped apart by everyone’s looks — there were mainly Muslims around me. I am proud to be a Christian Egyptian and I am for Israel. I am for peace and I support Ted Cruz. I pray he becomes our next president.
They persecuted the Prophets of the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) who were speaking truth to power and these so-called Christians are persecuting Sen. Cruz in the same manner. Remember, Jesus is a Jew and all but one of his Apostles (St. Luke) were Jews. The Jews are our elder brothers and sisters in the faith. What is wrong with this picture? The Left has smeared Israel and these Christians-in-name-only fools are listening to them by rejecting Israel. Current-day Judases. Israel has bent over backward for peace, granting land over and over again. But Hamas and every other Muslim organization or state wants the Democratic State of Israel destroyed. Then the Muslims can behead homosexuals, Christians, infidels, and establish their Caliphate and Sharia Law. Is that what you fools want?
I have been wondering when this disconnect between Christian cultures was going to come to light. I am glad Ted Cruz has introduced the dialogue that Middle Eastern and Western Christians need to have. Declaring an ally does not have to be a proclamation of a particular brand of biblical faith or understanding, but the Middle East is hardwired to be divided into groups of distrust, and racial divide is expected. (The Nation of Islam is delusional if they think they would be met with open arms by their Arab or Persian brethren.) There is much deep, complex bitterness and animosity. A friend of mine who is older (in his 50s) grew up in Jerusalem as a Christian. He laments that the Christians in Jerusalem at the time were treated worse by Jews than the Muslims. It could be an Arab thing. I want to understand. Everybody wants to simplify this into two groups, into easy talking points. The Middle East has so many moving parts. The disconnect between Christians must be understood, discussed, and resolved, so that unity/strength can be found. A documentary on this topic could be a good idea.
Maybe Ted Cruz should have done his homework and found out the relationship between these Christians and Israel?
Many of them lived in places like the West Bank or Gaza, so when Israel pushed or made agreements and created predominantly Muslim populations in these areas it had a natural affect on the Christians already living there. Not mention most of the Christians in Israel are Arabs and ethnically tied to Palestinians.
When Christ gave his message it may have been as a rabbi and a Jew, but it resonated with the downtrodden of the nation who were not Jews or were lower-class Jews. Not much has changed.
How did Israel get into this conversation? The whole venue was supposed to be about the Christian genocide taking place now. I like Cruz, but he’s being naive about Jews. Jews don’t love Christians. As a matter of fact, Jew Bolsheviks were behind the murders of over 20 million Christians in Russia less than 100 years ago, and their progeny are here in America turning the screws on us as I write. Jews never helped Christians — ever. So I understand the rage that the audience felt when Ted opened his mouth about the Jews. Yes, the Jews suffered, but Christians have suffered even more genocide (at the hands of the Muslims, Bolsheviks and slavery of which the Jews were middlemen). Cruz should not have been so bullheaded. If it had been me being booed, I would have stopped and asked what the problem was. That's what a man/woman of the people would have done.
These so-called Christians seem to forget one thing; Jesus was a Jew! Jesus was not a Christian; the Christian sects were named after him. Jesus was a Jew. Only after his disciples began to preach his philosophy to the masses and many years later did the word Christian even come into being. Ironic as it may seem, without the Jews there would be no Christians, and those so-called Christians could not boo Ted Cruz for suggesting that they support the Jews as our ally.
I know many Christians who are against Israel’s handling of the conflict.
You can support a side’s right to defend itself without supporting how it's defending itself.
Example: If a guy is shooting at you from a school full of civilians, I can support you defending yourself from that guy; but I wouldn’t support you bombing that school and everyone in it into rubble.
The more I hear him talk, the more I grow to like him. I haven'�t experienced a politician like that in my lifetime. Of course, I was born in the 90s.