By Harmony Grant
17 May 2007
Two Jewish brothers, Jonathan and Julian, recently moved from France to Israel. On Monday the body of an Arab man—a father of five—was found in Julian’s apartment, stabbed to death. Police believe Julian set out to find an Arab, any Arab, lured him back to the flat and murdered him there. During the hearing, Julian showed no remorse, mugging and smiling for the cameras. (BBC report) The murder is under investigation as a hate crime, because one of the suspects admits he was motivated by nationalism and hatred of Arabs.
American conservatives constantly trumpet the threat of Islamic fascism and Muslims’ jealous hatred of western liberty. Yet no mainstream figure will address the hatred nursed by Judeofascists against Christians and Gentiles; today it is expressed most crudely by Israelis against Arabs, by Jewish settlers against Palestinians.
But it is no less real in the United States, although more subtle. Jewish groups remain unashamedly the leaders of the coalition pressing for hate crime legislation, specifically the federal hate crime bill H.R. 1592 which has already passed the House. Forward reports Jewish groups are gearing up to oppose Bush’s threatened veto of this bill. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, architect of hate crime legislation worldwide, seeks to criminalize bias not just against homosexuality but against the vague term “gender identity.” This legislation is properly opposed now by a broad spectrum of conservative Christian groups who recognize hate laws can and will be used to silence expressions of moral opposition to homosexuality. Soon they may criminalize Christian evangelism altogether.
Jews benefit from their alliance with the pro-Zionist evangelical right, but they are far more leery of this partnership than the church. Forward’s Rebecca Spence reports that most Jewish leaders have at least honored John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) with their presence at events. After all, CUFI’s “Night to Honor Israel” events already raised more than $10 million for the Jewish state.
But their token presence is dependent on Hagee’s promise not to be a real Christian—to evangelize at the Holy Spirit’s leading—at these Israel-honoring dinners. Even despite Hagee’s conscience-searing promise of sealed lips, American Jews accept the needed money and support, but the love that evangelicals feel for Israel is largely not returned. Critics complain, observes Spence, “that [Hagee’s] conservative domestic agenda — including opposition to gay marriage, abortion and immigration — is squarely at odds with the liberal views of most American Jews.”
Why can Jewish liberals recognize the conflict between their agenda and the political values of practicing Christians—but Christians are blind to the obvious collision of interests?
Christ said evil Jewish leaders in His time fulfilled an ancient prophecy, “They hated me without reason.” (John 15:25, Ps. 35:19; 69:4) He promised His followers would experience the same virulent hatred from unbelieving Jews “because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.” (John 15:21) "All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.” (John 16:1-3)
Evangelicals fail to honor Christ’s words by remaining alert to Jewish anti-Christianity. It is as if those verses have been scissored out of their Bibles! Instead, the American church unconditionally supports a Jewish state that forbids Christian evangelism; it empowers and finances the very prisons where Christian Jews like Vanunu and Palestinians are brutalized!
One Palestinian Christian refugee in Damascus speaks for thousands when he mourns, “We have received far more support and comfort from the Hezbollah in Lebanon than from our fellow Christians in the West. I want to know, why don’t the Christians in the West do anything to help us? Are the teachings of Jesus nothing but empty slogans to them?” (American Conservative, 2004)
It is a great sin that we ignore the words of Christ as they were recorded by John, whose divine inspiration makes the words of his gospel almost rise off the page. Jesus explicitly warns of Jewish anti-Christianity so we “will not go astray.” Yet we have! We also ignore the personal witness of St. Paul, who says his Jewish religious zeal was proven by his persecution of the fledgling Christian church. Paul found new birth into the body of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and became part of the “true circumcision.” Until his conversion, Paul’s religious sincerity was proven by his hostility to Jesus! This remains true: Jews who genuinely observe the Talmud and rabbinic teachings of their religion must oppose Jesus and His followers—dangerously “deluded” and idolatrous Christians.
Ancient Hostility Continues
Ultra-orthodox religious leaders in Israel seek to ban proselytism in Israel with a punishment of imprisonment for a year. Voice of the Martyr’s Glenn Penner told Mission Network News that “every week for the past three years ultra-orthodox Jews have spit on and insulted members of the Messianic Jewish congregation in Arad. Tomatoes and eggs frequently are thrown at their houses…A member of the church was beaten Feb. 25 in the parking lot of his shop, which was firebombed in 2005 because of his evangelistic work.”
A Palestinian Christian named Abbas, whose family was driven from Jerusalem by the Zionists in 1948, was interviewed by American Conservative in 2004. Asked whether the State of Israel fulfilled prophecy and drew the world closer to Christ’s second coming, Abbas replied, “You’re kidding, right? You know what they do to our people and our land. If I thought that was part of God’s plan, I’d be an atheist in a second.”
Yet Christians in America seem blind to the obvious conflict between Christianity and Judaism that is so obvious in Israel. They seem unaware of how their own faith in the risen Messiah is fundamentally opposed by the beliefs of religious Jews that their messiah is still to come and that his coming will bring them world dominion over Gentiles and especially idolaters. Christ demanded obedient repentant trust in His mercy while Zionist Jews insist on a non-moral unrighteous covenant with God based on their genetic material; such Jews insist God must bless them no matter how they reject His laws or mistreat others. This is not an idea with which Bible-respecting Christians can agree!
John Hagee’s unbiblical CUFI collected $7 million in one evening in San Antonio. Evangelicals are 75 million strong in the United States, a powerful political and social force. Yet the church’s power to resist Zionism and liberal Jewish activism has been leached out by false doctrine, polluted by the belief that God’s blessings are not conditioned on obedience. This grave theological error runs contrary to the entire emphasis of the Bible. To be saved, we each must trust in Christ and obey Him—no matter what strain of DNA is running in our veins. Evangelicals who pour blessing on anti-Christian Jews fail to observe the most basic laws of our own faith. Some claim Jews don’t even need Christ for salvation but are part of a separate covenant. Nowhere does the Bible encourage this view.
The corruption of Christian doctrine has been encouraged by American Jews. In 2006, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, David Brickner, said there is an “ongoing agenda” among Jewish leaders to “undermine Christian evangelism by trying to shape Christian theology.”
This spring, Christian Zionist Janet Parshall went home from the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus when she realized she would not be allowed to testify for Christ in Israel. Parshall explains, "I thought, wait a minute: we can’t just blindly support Israel. We have to be able to tell them, as a friend, [that] you can’t do that. You can’t silence us." She expresses concern over error among her fellow Christian Zionists, which she describes as "blind support that says no matter what Israel does, Israel can do no wrong." Parshall denies the theological lie which says Jews can be saved apart from Christ, reminding us that "Scripture says there's one name under heaven whereby all men will be saved."
We hope and pray our fellow believers will be encouraged by Parshall’s example to reconsider their support for Israel and their silence about domestic Jewish activism. The Jewish state patterns the final aim of hate legislation in the West, which may soon make it illegal to witness for Christ anywhere. When that day comes, we will have to spread the good news from prison cells, as Christians have done for millennia and still do around the world. Here and now, we are still free to speak. If we fail to do in freedom what others do in chains, we are truly unworthy to call ourselves Christ’s followers.
Harmony Grant writes and edits for National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group. Read more of her work at www.hisnamesake.blogspot.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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