As a 20th-century political issue in the United States, Zionism was almost exclusively within the purview of the Jewish community. Stirred by their faith to stand with Israel were millions of Christian Zionists, but for decades they were unorganized, unfocused and unable to speak with one voice. In this century, the pro-Israel tent has finally and irrevocably been broadened. Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is now 13 years old and with nearly five-and-a-half million members, a force that stands resolutely behind the Jewish state and side-by-side with the Jewish community.
Before CUFI’s creation, its founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee had for decades traveled the country, participating in Nights to Honor Israel at churches in big cities and small towns. Christian Zionism was still a scattered patchwork of churches. He knew there was more work to be done if he was to fulfill his mission to teach Christians that the Bible is a Zionist document.
So, at an extraordinary gathering of the country’s top Christian leaders in 2006, Hagee stood and asked if they would join him in a radical idea: to create a national Christian grassroots organization whose sole purpose would be to support Israel.
Read more: The Times of Israel