Anti-Semitism is the racist belief that Jews are genetically evil and subversive and should be persecuted. This is what Hitler believed.
Today, the term “anti-Semitism” has been broadly misdefined for use as a political weapon, to silence any criticism of Israel, Judaism, or liberal Jewish activism. Those who make the simplest statements of unflattering truth about Israeli or Jewish actions are smeared as anti-Semites.
.Webster’s New 20th Century Dictionary fuels such confusion; it misdefines anti-Semitism as “prejudice against Jews; dislike or fear of Jews or Jewish things (emphasis mine).” This broad definition makes it anti-Semitic to dislike or fear such venerable “Jewish things” as the Talmud and Kabbalah. No one disliked these twisted teachings of the ancient Pharisees more than Jesus Christ. Webster would make Him one of the world’s worst anti-Semites!
This is far from the truth. The Bible teaches that it is loving, not persecutive, to reprove any sinner or group of sinners (2 Tim. 4:2). The Bible also forbids racial favoritism in the giving of such truth (James 2:1). The prophets, and Christ Himself, vehemently criticized the Jewish people and their leaders for sin.
Their concern was motivated by the love that St. Paul expressed for the Jews when he wrote, “My heart’s desire and my prayer for them is for their salvation.” (Rom. 10:1) All these loving truthtellers keenly anticipated the day when a remnant of Israel will repent and be restored to Christ at His second coming.
Yet, today, any leader who criticizes Israel or Jewish activists is in danger of being ruined by the charge of anti-Semitism. While Christian leaders and the secular media openly criticize Islam, they carefully protect the dark side of Judaic ethics and Zionist history from exposure. This enables the government of Israel to act without substantive moral oversight. Such favoritism also empowers liberal Jewish activists to pursue their anti-Christian agenda hidden from public view.
Concerned and careful thinkers should object to irresponsible charges of anti-Semitism and define this term correctly. Clarity is vitally important because the same Jewish leadership that Christ attacked is still in the world, deceiving a majority of both the Jewish people and Christian evangelicals.
Last year, Rabbi Daniel Lapin warned that “secular Judaism” is “in relentless attack on evangelical Christians.” Most assaults against Christian symbols and values come from Jewish activists or Jewish-led “civil liberties” groups like the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the ACLU, People for the American Way, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (See, ACLU Top Heavy with Jews, Correction: Speech at Air Force Academy Not Free, Who's Behind NBC's 'Book of Daniel'?, The Jews Behind Da Vinci Code).
ADL/B’nai B’rith has destroyed freedom of speech in more than a dozen countries through the “anti-hate” laws they designed. As a result of liberal Jewish activism, many unjustly blame “the Jews” in general for widespread anti-Christianity and attacks on freedom. Such resentment, especially in Europe, could result in anti-Semitic violence in the years ahead. Anti-Semitism is also fueled by Israeli policies which go uncriticized out of fear of the “anti-Semite” slur.
Considering Jewish activism's threat to Christianity, freedom, and Jewish welfare, how would Christ and the prophets respond to evil Jewish leaders and activists today? They would surely follow the Bible’s commands for godly and loving reproof of sin. Such reproof creates the possibility that Jews may spend eternity in heaven and be spared much grief in this life as well.
What could be a greater blessing?
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group.
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