What is the best approach to encourage people to come out to support Israel on August 24? This has been the subject of some debate among our group.
Will they come out just because they like Israel? Or will it take something more motivational?
So, what should we say?
We can’t suggest that we need to show our support of Israel to counteract the malicious anti-Israel attitude and actions of the President toward Israel. That might offend people who like Obama, no matter what he does.
Can we suggest we need to show our support of Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish people? No. That might turn people off who don’t like Jews, no matter what they do.
Can we suggest we need to show our support of Israel to protect the religious significance of Israel for Christians? No. That might turn people off who think Christian Zionists are nuts.
Can we suggest we need to show our support of Israel because it is threatened with annihilation by the many Islamic nations surrounding it? No. No. No! That might offend the Muslims.
Can we suggest we need to show our support of Israel to speak out for morality and human decency. No! That might offend people who don’t believe in moral absolutes, “right and wrong”, “good and evil.”
Any one of these reasons will offend someone. So perhaps the reasons need to remain unstated. It looks like the least offensive way to get people to support Israel is to say “just because.” Maybe the thousands of people who come out will all have their private reasons – and keep them to themselves so as to offend NO one. Sounds like a fun event. Ahh, this is it. Perhaps we can offer up a huge free buffet. That’ll get them out.
Is there another way? Yes. We need to understand that we don’t have to be mean spirited to tell the truth – to express the true reasons for our support of Israel. Telling the truth will always offend someone. Without being mean spirited, we must give the real, motivational reasons for our support. If the actions of our President are a major reason for motivating some or most of us to plan and attend such an event, we should say so. If our desire to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jews to defend their homeland is our motivation, we should say so. If our taking offense that Islamic countries desire to eradicate Israel is our motivation, we should say so. If our belief in moral absolutes and human decency is our motivation, we should say so.
If we fail to express the reasons for our own motivation to defend Israel, we will not connect with anyone out there to motivate them to join with us.
There are always those who are offended by something. If we adopt “don’t offend” as our highest value, we stand for nothing because we will be silenced.