Friday, March 22, 2002

The Christians Who Hate the Jews - an excellent piece. It contrasts the "replacement theology" crowd with that of evangelical Christianity, much of which is very supportive of Israel and the Jews. However, it could leave the reader with the impression that the majority of people calling themselves "Christians" hold the "replacement theology" point of view--that the Creator is finished with the Jews, and that the Christians are the heirs of all the promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I don't have a census, but I don't believe, from my limited contacts with those communities, that that is the case.

I wonder what anyone holding to "replacement theoology" does with the New Testament's Paul, who says in Romans 11:1: "I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid."

As Jews, we have to make a distinction among different "Christian" groups. Hitler adopted that label, but so did Corrie Ten Boom, a Yad vaShem "Righteous Gentile." And they meant VERY different things by it. In Hitler's demonically warped worldview, killing Jews was a fulfillment of his spiritual destiny; in Corrie Ten Boom's view, saving Jews--even imperiling one's own life to do so--was mandated by the Creator's Genesis 12:3 promise: "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."