Anti-Jewish Hatred, Hatred Against Christianity
The anti-Jewish hatred that we now see in marches in the United States and around the world is inspired by hell itself. We Christians need to reassert some basics. Our mother church in Jerusalem was Jewish. The twelve apostles were Jewish. The apostle Paul was Jewish. Jesus of Nazareth himself according to his human nature is from the line of King David. Jesus is Israel’s Anointed One/Christ who became “a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God” (Rom 15:8), and the gospel of Jesus is the power of God unto salvation to the Jew first (Rom 1:16).
Those of us who are Gentiles are the “foreign branches” of Romans 11. The apostle Paul warns Gentile Christians against despising the Jewish “natural branches,” since we do not support the Israelite root, but the Israelite root supports us (Rom 11:18). The saying should not be “How odd of God to choose the Jews” but rather “How odd of God to smile on the Gentile.” For we Gentiles were ethnically “separated from the anointed one/Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world,” but now in the anointed one/Christ Jesus we Gentiles have been brought near by his blood (Eph 2:11–13). The Christian church consists not only of Gentiles. Throughout the centuries there have been and to this day there are many Jewish believers in Jesus.
While the political questions regarding the Middle East today are quite complex, two things should be clear to all. As is the case with all hatred, anti-Jewish hatred is a work of the sinful flesh (e.g., Gal 5:20). More than that, it is hatred against Christianity.
Dr. Paul R. Raabe