AIPAC works with Churches throughout the United States to help empower pro-Israel Christians to strengthen the bonds between America and Israel.
The evangelical Christian community plays an increasingly vital role in AIPAC’s work to strengthen ties between the United States and Israel. Religiously-motivated pro-Israel Christians, those whose affinity for Israel reflects their theology and faith, represent a diverse cross-section of American Christianity. Many evangelical Christians affiliate with non-denominational churches across the country, from small rural churches to larger “megachurches” with more than 2,000 weekly attendees. Furthermore, polls indicate that support for Israel is highly related to adherence to evangelical beliefs and frequency of church attendance. By one estimate, 20-25 million Americans define themselves as evangelical Christians, representing a tremendous pool of potential pro-Israel advocates.
AIPAC’s evangelical Christian Outreach effort seeks to identify pro-Israel Christian leaders in districts with large evangelical populations, encourage their involvement in pro-Israel advocacy among their communities and educate them how to engage their members of Congress most effectively.
Today, numerous evangelical Christian activists have developed strong pro-Israel relationships with their members of Congress in the Southeast Region, with the process just beginning to gain momentum in the Southwest and Midwest Regions. Pastors and other significant community leaders have amplified their voices by inviting elected officials to speak about the U.S.-Israel relationship in church, organizing parlor meetings with members of Congress to lobby them on pro-Israel legislation and participating in AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference.
“The Evangelical Christian community loves the Jewish people and so the natural outflow of that is a very strong support for the nation of Israel as well. I want to be able to stand on Judgment Day and say I stood up for your people in Israel. I stood up for the nation of Israel. I want to be able to stand up and say I did my part.” –Pastor Philip Morris
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