A new survey indicates that most American Evangelicals still voice strong support for Israel but Millennials in the church do not share that enthusiasm.
Lifeway Research polled 2,002 Americans with evangelical beliefs about issues involving Israel.
Sixty-seven percent have a positive view of that nation and nine percent have a negative view. Twenty-four percent are not sure.
The results of the survey can be read here.
Best-selling author and speaker Joel C. Rosenburg, a co-sponsor of the research, reacted to the data at a Dec. 4 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
"Despite all the beatings that Israel has taken in the media, in academia, from various replacement theologians and pastors, and so forth," he said, "the survey reveals that American evangelicals still have a remarkably deep love for Israel and the Jewish people."
Rosenberg, a duel U.S./Israeli citizen, says the survey also overwhelmingly confirms that the people of Israel "have no better or more loyal friends in the United States than evangelical Christians."
A second sponsor of the survey is Chosen People Ministries, whose president Dr. Mitch Glasser also attended the National Press Club press conference.
He announced the formation of a new group, Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem, which plans to produce biblically-based resources about Israel, and also encourage Christian believers to pray for the country.
While encouraged by the findings, Rosenberg warns that Millennials are sending the church a sobering message. Though they are by no means against Israel at this point, the survey makes clear that many Millennials don't understand Israel's place in the biblical narrative, thus their support for Israel is nearly 20 points lower than their parents or grandparents.
"Unless the church gives younger believers a healthy, balanced, solidly-biblical understanding of God's love and plan for Israel," he warned, "overall evangelical support for the Jewish state could very well plummet over the next decade as Millennials represent an increasingly larger percentage of the church."
Regarding the survey and Millennials, Glasser called it "generational uncertainty" but told the Press Club it creates an opportunity to educate these younger Evangelicals beginning with what the Bible says about Israel and its people.
Editor's note: Comments from Dr. Mitch Glasser at the National Press Club have been added to this story.