In the past, the issue of missions has been detrimental to Jewish-Christian cooperation. Generations of dispensationalist Christian Zionists have gone through theological gymnastics to square their evangelistic impulses and expectations of mass Jewish conversion to Christianity with their Zionism. Some simply supported both Jewish missions and Israel, generating mistrust and thanks from Jews in equal measures. Others, including John Hagee, the current head of Christians United for Israel , the largest . Christian Zionist organization, have been accused by other evangelicals of a “dual covenant” theology that sees two paths for salvation, one Jewish and the other Christian. Hagee’s denials of dual covenant theology is belied by his actions, which give off something of a de facto dual covenantalism while maintaining a de jure universal gospel. In these dispensationalist views, regardless of difference, Jews will in the end convert to Christianity as a fulfillment of prophecy. This volume remains virtually silent on both missions and the eventual spiritual fate of the Jews.
The Declaration of Independence, the most famous document produced by the Continental Congress during the War for Independence, proclaims: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” As well, this text references “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and closes by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” and noting the signers’ “reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” The Founders’ use of Christian rhetoric and arguments becomes even more evident if one looks at other statements of colonial rights and concerns such as the Suffolk Resolves, the Declaration of Rights, and the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms—to say nothing of the dozen explicitly Christian calls for prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving issued by the Continental and Confederation Congresses.