I know this blog is going to offend some people, but I ask that you read the entire blog before stopping and especially before responding.
Yesterday, there was a machete attack in a synagogue in New York which was covered by most major news sources and went viral on social media. While I was encouraged to see the outrage over this attack, I was made to wonder why this attack brought such outrage and not the nine previous anti-Semitic attacks in New York this week alone. After all, each of these attacks were the result of anti-Semitism, yet nine out of ten received almost no coverage on social media outside of the Jewish community.
The only conclusion that I could come to was that the machete attack took place in a house of worship. I use those words instead of saying in a synagogue because I truly believe that the type of house of worship had nothing to do with the outrage. In other words, people were not outraged because a synagogue was attacked; they were outraged because a house of worship was attacked. They were not outraged because Jews in their synagogue were attacked; they were outraged because people within their house of worship were attacked.
You may ask why I feel so strongly that this is true. It is because if it was outrage at anti-Semitic attacks, we would have seen the outrage after the first attack. But, we didn’t, nor the second attack, nor the third through the ninth attacks. Why? Because these attacks happened on the street and not in a house of worship. Again, I say house of worship because many Christians responded to the synagogue attack the way they did not because it was against Jews, but because the attack made them feel unsafe in their churches.The response and outrage took place because Christians began to feel unsafe themselves – not because Jews were attacked.
I know that some of those reading this blog are already upset and others have already stopped reading, believing my statements to be unfair, unjust, and plain wrong. However, if you are still reading, please don’t stop because truth spoken in love is important.
The “Church” has a long history of either being actively involved in anti-Semitism, winking at anti-Semitism, or simply ignoring anti-Semitism. A simple survey of “Church” history will bear this statement out. This started with the outset of Roman Christianity, the Inquisitions, the Pogroms in Russia, and the Holocaust in Germany. I cannot include an exhaustive list in this blog, but I encourage you to read Dr. Michael Brown’s book “Our Hands are Stained with Blood” to read more.
Yet, even with this long documented history of anti-Semitism, there are still large groups of people who profess to be Christians who espouse anti-Semitism, preachers with large followings who still preach anti-Semitism, and many who would deny being anti-Semitic but still hold to anti-Semitic positions, such as, “The Jews Killed Christ.”
If you are still reading this blog, thank you. Please continue. There are people who claim to be Christians that have no problem at all laughing at “Jew Jokes.” Those who still listen to and hold on to Jewish conspiracies, “The Jews Run the Banks,” “The Jews Run Hollywood,” “The Jews Control the Government.” If these statements hit you, please repent – you are an anti-Semite!
Other people who claim to be Christians have accepted the lie that the Church has replaced the Jews and G-D no longer has a loving, covenant relationship with the Jewish people. Please re-read Romans 9-11. If this statement hit you, please repent – you are an anti-Semite!
Other people who claim to be Christians have accepted the lie that a Christian can be anti-Zionist and not be anti-Semitic. G-D promised the land of Israel to the Jewish people as an eternal inheritance beginning with Abraham. Remember, G-D’s promise that the land of Israel belongs to the Children of Abraham (the Jews) also included the promise that Messiah would come through the seed of Abraham and that, through him, all the nations of the world would be blessed. If this statement hit you, please repent – you are an anti-Semite!
I could go on, but I believe you have received the message. If you profess to be a Christian, everything about your faith is based upon eternal promises that G-D gave to the Jewish people. If you profess to be a Christian, by definition you should be a disciple (follower) of Yeshua (Jesus) and, in following His example, you should love His people, the Jews. The Apostle Paul said to imitate him as he imitated Yeshua. Paul said in Romans 9:3,
For I would pray that I myself were cursed, banished from Messiah for the sake of my people—my own flesh and blood,
In closing, please remember that as long as “Christians” accept “Christian anti-Semitism,” then satan has won the battle because it is fundamentally, Scripturally impossible to be a Christian and an anti-Semite.
This article was originally published on rabbierict.com and reposted with permission.