As rockets rained down on the Middle East today amid the newest flare in tensions between Israel and Hamas, Hollywood celebrity Kim Kardashian discovered the hard way that expressing support for the Israeli nation and its people in today's post-modern, post-Christian climate, is not only unpopular, it could be downright dangerous. Hollie McKay of Fox News reports:
On Friday morning Kim Kardashian sent out a supportive Israel tweet, declaring to her almost 17 million followers that she was “Praying for everyone in Israel.” What she probably wasn’t anticipating was the violent backlash, including death wishes.
“Die in hell,” wrote one, another called the E! sensation a “bit*h” who “should die there,” while others went even further. Less brutal detractors said they had “lost all respect for her,” were giving her “the middle finger,” and called her a “disgrace to her people” and outright “disgusting.”
Others told her she should be “praying for Palestine, not Israel.” So she reportedly tried that.
According to Twitchy.com ... Kardashian attempted to appease her haters with the follow-up tweet: “praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”
However, both tweets soon disappeared from her account and she has returned to discussing other important things – like her two-hour Tracy Anderson workout this morning.
In an entertainment culture where we are daily bombarded with detailed reports of every inconsequential thing that crosses the mind or comes out of the mouth of Ms. Kardashian and company, it should be noted that today she broadcast something of biblical consequence and import.
"Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper" (Psalm 122:6). "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3).
Sadly, Ms. Kardashian's foray into relevance was short lived due to the negative reaction she received. Increasingly, we will find that all who support God's people, Israel, will be met with intimidation and persecution. In fact, Christians who attempt to be a witness to biblical truth face reactions that are even more vitriolic.
In the face of such hostility, the temptation is to do what Ms. Kardashian did and retreat to irrelevance. But if the believer is to identify himself with Jesus, he must not cower in these increasingly hostile times. Remember Jesus words, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first" (John 15:18).