A terribly imbalanced
anti-colonialism drives some of the most negative hatred of Israel. Why?
Since the Vietnam war, a multi-cultural, post-modern relativistic
orientation has been embraced by the radical left. That is a mouthful! So I
will explain. The radical left is multi-cultural in a particular way. It
embraces all cultures as equal. This is reinforced by relativism: the
concept that there are no absolute standards of right and wrong, good and
evil, truth and beauty. Of course, embracing all cultures this way
trivializes all cultures since none can truly be praised or
criticized. It also leads to many contradictions: This multi-culturalism
seeks to foster women's equality and gay rights. Yet other cultures
strongly reject such values, especially Islam. Where human rights clash
against Islam, the tendency is to embrace multi-cultural equality.
Evaluation of Colonialism
The radical left is anti-colonial in the sense that it sees most of the
world's problems as stemming from the sins of Western colonialism
that did not respect indigenous cultures. Many look at everything through
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Britain was the greatest
colonial power in the world. They boasted proudly of their colonial empire
as bringing civilization and elevation to many regions of the world. In
less than 50 years, that colonial pride died a very hard death. Now the
West views its colonial period as a dark time of oppression and
exploitation of the peoples ruled.
Western colonialism was sometimes very bad, oppressive and
exploitative. But Western colonialism - especially of the British variety -
did bring education and concepts of the equal worth of all human
beings to the territories under their jurisdiction. Compared to other
colonialisms, we could at least say that the British model was the
least bad and maybe even did some good. Actually, it was the
biblical values spread by the colonies, that eventually ended Western
colonialism. Did Russian Communist colonialism produce such a self
critique or did Turkish colonialism? No. [We should note that many view
world Christianity as a bad thing in displacing indigenous religions - a
terribly mistaken viewpoint!]
This anti-colonial hatred is unbalanced and does not recognize that all
world powers have historically been colonial. In biblical history
consider the Egyptians, Hittites, Syrians, Assyrians, Babylonians,
Persians, Greeks and Romans. They were all colonial powers who conquered
other peoples and exploited them. The Mongols, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish
and Russians also sought to do the same. All of these colonial empires were
brutal - some more, some less.
The radical left totally fails to acknowledge that Islam itself has been
one of the most devastating colonial destroyers of culture, especially in
the Middle East and North Africa. This extends to destroying indigenous
languages as part of destroying the conquered lands. Recent examples
were the Taliban's destruction of historic rock carvings and
architecture in Afghanistan and the ISIS destruction of world heritage
architecture in Iraq. Early on, Mohammed and his first followers adopted
brutal and destructive conquering.
Only in recent decades have people sought a world order that is not
colonial. And even today foreign relations of world powers can have quasi
colonial overtones, dressed in the clothing of foreign aid and military
advisors. Some also see multi-national business corporations as a type of
The Response to Israel
So how does this influence the radical left in response to Israel? They see
Israel as an unjust colonial imposition, a colony of the West, supplanting
the indigenous Arab Palestinian population. All of the problems of the
Middle East are seen as the fault of the Western Colonialists and
especially the United States. Israel is seen as a root problem. Many think
it would be better if Israel did not exist.
Support for Israel
The British support for a Jewish homeland in the early 1900s had multiple
motivations. There were colonial motivations. There were spiritual
motivations in some who sought to restore the Jewish people to a land they
saw as largely desolate. The situation is much more complex than an
anti-colonial deconstructionist interpretation. There was no indigenous
rule in the Holy Land. Rather the region was under the control of yet
another colonial power before Britain took over, namely the Turkish Ottoman
In all of this, after the Holocaust, it was the providence of God that
brought Israel into existence. For a brief time the world was sympathetic
enough to vote 'Yes' at the United Nations and endorse
the formation of a Jewish state. Actually, some of the leaders of
colonial powers thought the Jewish state was against their selfish
interests. This was true of Truman's State Department. The radical
left has a simplistic self-hatred of Western civilization and
Christianity, the very civilization and religion that gave birth to human
rights. They look at Israel's occupation of the West Bank as
colonial rather than as a security necessity. It is so sad that many are
blind and give aid, comfort and political credibility to militant Islam.
This view is highly influential in many Western universities. It is
behind the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movements against Israel.
Ultimately we have to see the whole trend as part of the great deception
of the last days, rejecting God's plan of redemption for the world
that is connected to events in Israel and the salvation of the Jewish
May God give us wisdom to pray for such foolish and simplistic
people, but against their influence.
We believe that God will restore all truth and right practice that has
been lost to the Body of Believers. Various ages of the Church have seen
advances and declines. Some truths have been emphasized in one period,
lost in the next, and then picked up again in later times.
Some advances in recent time parallel the restoration of Israel. The
re-discovery of the baptism in the Spirit and speaking in tongues was
parallel in time to the early Zionist return to the Land of Israel. The
Latter Rain revival happened in parallel to the independence of the
nation of Israel and its recognition. The charismatic renewal in the late
sixties came at the same time as Israel coming into government over the
original, Old City section of Jerusalem.
On the other hand, there are dimensions of truth that seem less
established today than in past years. The enforcement of congregational
discipline was greater one hundred years ago than in today's
Western world. Divorce is common today. This is a terrible loss. In
addition, every age of the Church has seen advances and bright shining
examples of truth.
Restoration or Fullness?
The word "restoration" as it is used in Acts 3 indicates more than simply
restoring something that was present before.
"Repent...that He may send the Messiah appointed for you, Yeshua, whom
heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about
which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets long ago" (Acts
This refers to a restoration of the world to Paradise. All humanity
entering Paradise is obviously above and beyond any restoration that has
occurred in the past. The Scriptures lead us to believe that we are
moving toward something greater than is usually meant by the word
restoration. We are moving toward FULLNESS.