Have you noticed how eager Christian apostates are to link arms and defend Muslims, while they barely deign to tolerate the Jewish people (link)? Yes, calling such persons "Christian apostates" is merely my opinion, and does not necessarily indicate that such are actually apostates. Only God knows the heart, and only He is the Judge of all the earth (Gen. 18:25).
But I am led to wonder: Why such eagerness to affirm and defend followers of a religion whose false god, Allah, calls for either the conversion or extermination of the heathen, and the overt annihilation of the Jewish people? To what gain? Based on what premise(s)?
I also wonder: Do such apostates not understand how offensive such an affirmation is to the God of Israel? The Judeo-Christian God is not the God of Islam; He is the God of Israel (1 Chron. 15:14; Ps. 41:13; Matt. 15:31), the God of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 11:31; Eph. 1:17), the God of all believers (Phil. 4:20; Titus 2:10), but not the God of Islam.
I have no doubt that my absolute hatred for an anti-Israel disposition derives from my Dispensational upbringing, and I do not regret it even in the slightest. This was the same rearing which gave me a high view of Scripture, namely, the doctrine of inerrancy.
Dispensationalism aside, the apostle Paul informed us that God has not rejected His Jewish people (Rom. 11:1, 2), that He still retains a remnant of them who come to Him by grace through faith in Christ (Rom. 11:5, 6), and that the Jewish people, though they have metaphorically "stumbled," are not entirely fallen (Rom. 11:11).
The "stumbling" of the Jewish people -- meaning that they did not receive their long-awaited Messiah Jesus -- has given way for God's grace to be operative to the Gentiles (Rom. 11:11-12). Even today, if a Jewish person will by grace trust in Christ, he or she will be saved (Rom. 11:23). Paul was inspired to write that only "a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved" (Rom. 11:25-26 ESV).
Statements and promises such as these were not made to Muslims but to Jews. Yet, those who take for themselves the name of Christian smack the Jew in the proverbial face and ameliorate the Muslim! Such apostates offend the very God they claim to worship and serve.
Do not misunderstand me. God is graciously saving Muslims through Christ as He is those throughout the rest of the world. This is not an anti-Muslim rant; this is a pro-Israel, pro-Christ, pro-Christian Faith message. This is a message against Christian apostates and heretics like Episcopalians rector Ed Bacon and Gene Robinson (link), damnable heretics like John Shelby Spong (link and link), and those who erroneously think that the god Muslims worship is the same God that Christians worship (link).
An anti-Israel disposition also seems to be a fulfillment of biblical prophecy of an end-times proportion. If Jesus was speaking of the Jewish people, contextually, then the statement "and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name" (Matt. 24:9; cf. Matt. 10:22) is quickly finding its fulfillment -- even among some professing Christians.
How this concept might correspond with John's revelation of the nations surrounding Israel for attack (Rev. 20:7-9) is not entirely clear. Much depends upon one's hermeneutic and eschatology. What we can know with certainty is that the "end times" seem to carry an anti-Israel bias, and there are an increasing amount of professing Christians adopting this unbiblical notion.
What perplexes me most is the double standard and hypocrisy of these Christian apostates. Their openness toward Muslims originates, no doubt, from a humanistic, shallow, sort of "love thy neighbor" stint. Yet, they hypocritically refuse to show the same brotherly love toward Jews. Why? Do they not also need love? Are they not also worthy of respect as human beings created in the image of God?
Such apostates would do the world a service by reading God's word. The apostle Paul himself could wish himself accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of the Jewish people (Rom. 9:3). Such empathy today is denied the Jew and unconditionally rendered to the Muslim! Regarding the Jewish people for whom Paul would count himself accursed, he continued:
They are Israelites, and to them belong [present tense] the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. (Rom. 9:4-5 ESV)
Those blessings of God remain to this day, for "the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:29 ESV). If God is still being gracious to the Jewish people through Christ, then who are we to treat them with any less respect?