CAMERA's Partnership Counters Demonization of Christian Zionists
Tricia Miller, Ph.D. and Dexter Van Zile
Dear Christian Leader,
On Thursday, July 29th, both of the Partnership's analysts participated in webinars that exposed blatant deception concerning, and calculated demonization of, Christian Zionists in the recent documentary, "Til Kingdom Come." Dexter Van Zile joined David Parsons of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in "The Media Assault on Christian Zionism." Tricia Miller joined Jonathan Feldstein of Genesis 123 Foundation and Pastor Boyd Bingham IV, who was featured in the documentary, in "Til Kingdom Come Unmasked." The discussions in the two webinars are quite different, but both present incisive analysis of the defamatory narrative concerning Christian Zionists perpetrated by "Til Kingdom Come."
You don't want to miss watching both of these webinars for more information! The links for both recordings are available at the end of this email.
Before you listen to the webinars, we want to provide a bit of background information about the documentary, which was produced and directed by Israeli filmaker, Maya Zinshtein. The trailer can be seen here. The film presents a biased analysis of the motivation behind American Evangelical financial and political support of Israel, and the relationship between Evangelicals and Jewish organizations that accept the support of Christian Zionists.
Through the use of a manufactured quote, other quotes misrepresented and taken out of context, and omission of relevant information, Zinshtein creates a deceptive storyline that portrays Jewish and Christian Zionists as members of an “unholy alliance,” who in recent years, conspired to convince the former Trump Administration to allow Israel to annex the entire West Bank. As this article demonstrates, the allegation that President Trump was planning to allow Israel to annex the West Bank is completely false and based on an engineered quote, created for the purpose of making it sound like Trump said something he never said.
You need to watch both webinars for a full explanation of how deceptive and intentional the manufactured quote is!
In addition to the fake quote and other deceitful production techniques, the documentary's narrative relies on an inaccurate representation of the alleged motivation behind Evangelical support for the Jewish State. The disparaging message propagated by "Til Kingdom Come" is that Christian Zionists are warmongers who only support Israel in order to hasten the fulfillment of violent End Time events that include death for the majority of those who live in the Holy Land. Of course, this allegation ignores the fact that Evangelicals support Israel's right to exist for theological and historical reasons as old as the Christian faith itself - certainly NOT out of a self-centered desire to bring about the End of Days for their own sakes at the expense of others.
Evangelicals are not the only subjects in the film whose actions and motives are vilified. The filmmaker’s demonization of Zionists also includes Israelis who accept financial contributions from Christian Zionists. Indeed, Jews and Christians who work together in support of Israel are portrayed as exploiting each other for the sake of what the movie suggests are mutually exclusive agendas.
A February 28, 2021 review of the documentary summarized Zinshtein’s message well when its author declared that the cooperation between Christians and Israeli Jews is:
“…an absolutely terrifying unholy alliance between two religious blocs that are using each other for their own purposes. What’s worse, this is not some little internecine tug-of-war between God-botherers that has no impact on the rest of us. Oh no. This has huge geopolitical implications that we all should be deeply worried about, whether we’re believers — of any stripe — or not.”
As this quote demonstrates, a sincere working relationship between Jews and Christians who care about Israel is, according to the anti-Zionist narrative, a “terrifying unholy alliance” that will somehow bring about a horrible war.
The very real result of Zinshtein’s “deep dive into how evangelical Christians in the United States have teamed up with charities in Israel even though they are at entirely cross purposes to one another,” is the demonization of Jews and Christians who work together in support of Israel and the delegitimization of the important and necessary Jewish-Christian relations that have developed so beautifully over the last few decades.
To learn more about the blatant deception and anti-Zionist bias broadcast by "Til Kingdom Come," please watch both webinars! The content of both will inform and equip you to counter the kind of disinformation and demonization perpetrated by this documentary. Unfortunately, opposition to Jews and Christians who support Israel is on the rise. This reality demands that we counter the lies with truth and strengthen our commitment to stand together no matter what!
The webinar titled "Til Kingdom Come Unmasked," hosted by Genesis 123 Foundation and featuring Pastor Boyd Bingham IV and CAMERA's Tricia Miller, can be seen here.
The webinar titled "The Media Assault on Christian Zionism," hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and featuring CAMERA's Dexter Van Zile, can be seen here.