Jewish Group, The Fellowship, Takes COGIC To Israel And Gains Black support!
Reader's NPR is reporting that Israel has reached out to a group of Black pastors and is in the process of learning how to navigate American racial and political issues. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) have been reaching out to African-American churches to gain support for Israel, and late last month, they received new allies in one of the largest Protestant groups in the country. The Fellowship took 21 of the top ministers from the COGIC church to Israel.
A group of Black pastors from the Church of God in Christ recently conducted a week-long trip to Israel paid for by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. The organization has traditionally built relationships with white evangelical churches. Like white evangelical churches, members of the Church of God in Christ also believe the modern state of Israel is a manifestation of a promise from God.
However, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said he had to approach the Black pastors differently. They are Democrats, while most white evangelicals are Republicans. Since they are Democrats, they are more likely to be supporters of President Barack Obama. Ekstein lobbied against Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and sees Iran as an “existential threat” to Israel. Rest Here!