|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2017
WASHINGTON (NRB) – Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, released the following statement in response to reports that, in accordance with decades-old U.S. law, President Donald Trump will affirm today that the United States does indeed recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has set in motion a plan to relocate the U.S. embassy to its rightful place there:
“I commend the President on taking these initial decisive steps to fulfill a campaign promise that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocates the U.S. embassy there where it belongs. Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and recognizing Israel’s true capital is a very basic courtesy our nation should do to demonstrate our mutual friendship. Some enemies of Israel may use this occasion as an excuse to once again seek her harm, but there is nothing new about that reprehensible behavior. This is the right course and a step long needed. More than ever, Christians must pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
Johnson has joined Christian leaders multiple times this year — including as recently as last week — in calling for relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
During NRB’s annual convention early this year, Proclaim 17, the association’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for Israel. The Board called on NRB members to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and for the U.S. “to stand steadfastly by Israel, even as others malign, abandon, or attack her.” They also urged Christians to “reject and guard against the dangerous Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.”
Next year, in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel, NRB will host a special session at Proclaim 18 in Nashville, Tennessee, that will feature Christian ministry leaders Kay Arthur and David Jeremiah; award-winning singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith; and others. Proclaim 18 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville February 27-March 2, 2018.
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About the NRB Convention
The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. The next Convention, Proclaim 18, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, February 27-March 2, 2018. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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