Global condemnations have continued to rein in on the recent Israeli bill that seeks to jail anyone caught holding conversations about Jesus.
The bill currently championed by lawmakers Moshe Gafni and Yaakov Asher of the United Torah Judaism (UTJ), explicitly states that “someone who solicits a person, directly, digitally, by mail, or online, in order to convert his religion, the punishment—one-year imprisonment; and if the person (to be converted) is a minor—two years’ imprisonment.”
Added to it is an “override clause” to make void any judiciary counter-decision.
While it is commendable how Israel prioritizes the protection and freedom of its citizens at all costs, passaging the bill, many fear, could be quite a counterintuitive overstretch.
Millions of Christians–including evangelical Christians—all over the world, make it a daily habit to pray for the peace and protection of the nation which has become a cherished symbol of their faith. For decades and through trying times, Israel has benefitted from the political, financial, and spiritual support of evangelical Christians like Donald Trump, in America. We encourage Israel not to disappoint the faith in them.
Israel needs God always. She cannot do without God. And stifling efforts to spread the knowledge of God does little to foster unity against the growing enemies in the Middle East.
Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to stall the advancement of the bill. Hopefully, just in time for Christians to recount freely the significance of the life, death, and resurrection of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, this Easter.