Anti-Semitism, hatred against the Jewish nation, comes a long way. God foresaw it when He said to Abram, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse….’ 1
In this blog we want to concentrate on those who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet denounce the Jewish nation. Scripture teaches that Jesus is, ‘…the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David;’ 2and also that, ‘I [Jesus] am the Root and the Offspring of David.’ 3 Jesus is a Jew.
# The problem of ‘Christian’ Anti-Semitism
Believers in Jesus are ‘related’ to the Jews through Abraham. ‘Understand, then, that those who believe [in Jesus] are children of Abraham.’ 4 The Jews are the descendants of Abraham, as is our Bridegroom.
# What we should remember
- ”If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.’’ 5
- Paraphrased it would mean: anyone who claims to love Jesus, yet hates the Jews, lies. You cannot love Jesus whom you have not seen, but hate the ‘family’ of Jesus, whom you can see.
# Anti-Semitism is a dangerous game to play.
- Judgment belongs to God, never to His people. However much we want to, God will never accept our judgment on His nation. He promised He will see to it Himself.
- Scripture never teaches that Jesus renounced His nationality. ‘Christian Anti-Semitism’ might be difficult to explain to the Judge, Jesus the Jew.
Jesus is God’s beloved Son, our Saviour and Bridegroom. Either we love Him and His people and pray for them, or we don’t. The Anti-Semitic ‘Christian’ is a contradiction in terms.
- Genesis 12:3a
- Revelation 5:5
- Revelation 22:16b
- Galatians 3:7
- 1 John 4:20