26 Feb There is More Than One Way to Define Zionism
When we define of Zionist, we tend to think that the term exclusivley applying to Jews for whom the Land and Sate of Israel are an integral part of their lives and interest. Whether or not they actually live in Israel, a Zionist cares deeply about the country and its people, devoting to it their fiscal, moral, and political support.
But many people – probably even those who define themselves as Zionists – are mostly unaware that Zionism is not an exclusive movement that is supported only by Jews. Millions of Christians around the world are ardently devoted to the Zionist cause, offering prayers and contributions to strengthening the Jewish State.
This devotion is not something that was “born yesterday.” Over the generations, Christians who believe in the words of the Bible, which promises the Land of Israel to the people of Israel, have directed their prayers and their efforts to the fulfillment of this promise.
At the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem, the stories of the many of these true Christian Zionist beleivers spanning over the past 200 years are told in graphic fashion, applying the latest in hi-tech techniques to do so. When one goes through the galleries of the museum and hears and witnesses these stories, s/he comes away with a new and broader understanding of a different and emotional way to define Zionism.
Through the means of film protection, animation, special lighting, giant touchscreens, and original soundtrack, and even three-dimensional presentations, we meet those who preached, cajoled, and took an active party in the restoration of the Jewish people to their historic homeland. From intellectuals (and doers) as Prof. George Bush in America and John Henry Dunant of Switzerland in the 19th century to military figures such as Lt. Col. John Patterson and Maj. Gen. Orde Wingate in the 20th century, we learn of how they and many other Christians devoted themselves to the cause of resettling Jews in the Holy Land.
After a one-hour tour of this unique museum – unlike any other in Israel or the world – we emerge with a new awareness of how, what, and why the Zionist cause was given major impetus in world events by Bible-believing non-Jewish activists. This experience leads to a new understanding as to how we define Zionism on a much broader scale than we have known until now.