As much as I see it as my obligation to educate, expose and call to action all those who oppose anti-Semitism, I occasionally feel depleted of the words to use to describe how far the world has gone in its attempt at demonizing Israel and the Jewish people.
Two recent events have prompted me to write this article as I always seek to educate those around me (physically and virtually).
I constantly have to remind myself that in the process of exposing the vitriolic lies spread by anti-semitism and greatly through radical Islam, I am always a stone’s throw from hating back those who hate us. It has been a personal battle of mine to live Matthew 5:44 daily:
“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you”
It is so much easier to get on my “holier than thou” soap box and point the finger at the enemy(ies), but we MUST resist the temptation and respond to hate with love, the love of Yeshua the Messiah that is!
If we claim that we have the truth and that God lives in us, if we claim that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is LOVE, then we’d better show that love to those we know are lost and without it.
The question is: “Are we showing the love of Yeshua?”
In the case of a Florida church, I am not convinced that their approach to Islam is building rather than burning bridges. The fact is, few if any real bridges exist between Christians and Muslims.
Apparently, the church put up a sign on their property saying “Islam is of the Devil”. Additionally, they printed the same message on T-shirts that some of their congregants started to wear, including in school. The result was that the kids were sent home for “breech of dress code”.( read full article here)
It looks to me that some people are stuck in Matthew 5:43 “ You have heard that it was said, ‘ YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, and hate your enemy.’ and didn’t read 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you”.
Responding to hate with more hate is the opposite of what Yeshua told his followers to do. It looks to me like some of us believers in Yeshua need to take a closer look at His Word.
On another note but on the same topic, there is a new movie directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, titled “Inglorious Basterds”. I must confess that I have not seen and have no intention to see the movie. But after talking to people who did and reading reviews, it appears that the movie focuses on “killing Germans” as some sort of revenge. This can only generate more anti-semitism as it will fuel the hatred that the world already has against Israel and the Jewish people.
I lost my own grandfather in Auschwitz after he was taken by the Gestapo from the home where his daughter (my mom) still lives in, near Paris. I guess I have a good reason to hate the Germans. My mother even more so,as they took her dad in front of her eyes when she was only 14.
But Yeshua changed me 26 years ago when I invited him to become My Messiah, My Lord and Savior. He loved me enough to die for me, I love Him enough to live for Him and if to live foHim means to love my enemies and pray for them…..
SO BE IT.
The World Archaeological Congress (WAC), is currently meeting in Ramallah and has decided to exclude Israel from its list of attendees. They did not invite the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) even though some recent archeological work has been conducted in Jerusalem.
I find it very revealing that the title of the conference is: “Overcoming Structural Violence”. As it appears, Archeology has gone into politics. But of course that would only be as it pertains to Israel. There continues to be a vicious double standard when dealing with Israel all throughout the world and increasingly in all fields as we are just witnessing.
I think that excluding Israel from an archeological congress is like excluding France from a wine contest!
What’s next, will the world boycott Israel from the next Olympic Games? Frankly, I wouldn’t put it past them!
A recent report from from British Community Security Trust (CST) is giving us the very alarming fact that anti-Semitism has more than doubled in England from Januray to June 2009, up from 276 incidents in the first half of the previous year, that exceeds the previous year’s total record of 598. They (CST) have been tracking the incidents for the last 25 years. The surge in anti-semitic acts was due to the Dec’08-Jan’09 Gaza offensive.To be sure, the UK was not the sole European country to go after Israel and the Jewish people, as France (I actually was on the streets of Paris when it took place) joined the ranks of pro-Palestinians shouting anti-Jewish slogans at the top of their lungs.
The group known as Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Sunni network with ties to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (involved in 9/11) and Al Qaeda. Even though the group has been quietly operating under the radar for almost 5 decades, this week end was a milestone for them.
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.