“Where you go, I will go...” Ruth 1:16
So often we hear these words at weddings, as brides pledge their love and loyalty to their soon-to-be husbands. These same words were actually words spoken by Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi. She declared, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” Loyalty is a virtue. Commitment to your word is also a virtue. Loyalty and commitment are things I strive to cultivate in every area of my life. It is not easy. I have made commitments and worked to keep them; unfortunately, I have not always been successful. The path of least resistance often screams, “It’s ok. It is no longer a priority to keep this commitment.” Like Ruth, Operation Exodus has made a commitment to the Jewish people, and we cannot and will not change it. The Jewish people have had numerous declarations of love and support, only to be bitterly disappointed. Our founder, Gustav Scheller, instilled in us that we must keep our promise to the Jewish people at all costs.
Our commitment to assisting the Jewish people returning to Israel, and to supporting the nation of Israel, is not only about the nation or the people. It is also a commitment to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God chose Israel for His eternal purpose. Israel is not perfect, nor are the people, nor am I. So just for these next 24 hours, I will choose my words prayerfully and carefully, asking God for His strength to remain faithful to the Jewish people.