A newly-released study gives more insight to evangelicals and their relationship with Jewish people.
American evangelicals have shown support for the nation of Israel over the years, but this new LifeWay Research survey reveals a more personal connection between the two. The report finds that 30 percent of Americans with evangelical beliefs have Jewish friends, and of those, 35 percent have prayed for their Jewish friend's salvation in the past week. And according to LifeWay Research's Scott McConnell, a few even have Jewish ethnicity.
"Two percent of them actually have Jewish parents or grandparents," the executive director tells OneNewsNow. "That actually translates to about 870,000 adults in American have both evangelical beliefs and have Jewish parents or grandparents."
McConnell adds, though, that one complicating factor in the relations between evangelicals and Jews is that the evangelicals surveyed, especially the younger ones, seem unclear about the relationship between Jews and Christians and how Jews fit into God's plan.
"Some of that is likely due to the fact that the news from the Middle East is often less focused on the nation of Israel today, and in recent events it's been more focused on ISIS and places where American has sent troops," he explains. "Therefore, some of the attention that may have gone toward Israel in previous generations just hasn't been there."
McConnell concludes that begs an important question: "How often is the Church really discussing Israel today and whether it's important in future prophecy?"