WHAT IS ANTI-SEMITISM?
By Rev. Ted Pike
28 Dec 06
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
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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