The Apologetical Power of the Existence of Israel

Christianity Today's four-part dialogue between John Piper and David Brickner of Jews for Jesus is now fully published online. The topic is the relationship and attitudes American Christians should have toward Israel.

In Piper's second and final response (part four), he draws attention to the apologetic of Israel's ongoing existence:

On the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern state of Israel (May 7, 2008), I celebrated the astonishing apologetical power of the sheer existence of Israel. I drew attention to Anne Rice, the vampire novelist who some years ago turned from 30 years of atheism because of Israel. Even her more recent misgivings about institutional Christianity don't nullify the validity of her discovery. She said, "I stumbled upon a mystery without a solution, a mystery so immense that I gave up trying to find an explanation because the whole mystery defied belief. The mystery was the survival of the Jews. … It was this mystery that drew me back to God."

Read all of part four, as well as part one (Brickner), part two (Piper), and part three (Brickner).

David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor at desiringGod.org and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. He has edited several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing., Finish the Mission, and Acting the Miracle, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.