Jesus and the Jews

This post began more as a thought experiment at first but some recent commentary on the subject and further thinking will make it more than that.

What had originally got me thinking about Jesus and the Jews was the obsession Evangelical Christians seem to have with Jews and the state of Israel. I actually experienced it this morning when it was brought up at a breakfast meeting due to a recent speech by Benjamin Netanyahu to the UN. Now I share their support for the nation but not for any reason related to religion. I simply and unapologetically support as a matter of principle, the right of every people to have a nation – even an explicitly ethnic nationalist state such as Israel more or less is. I’d probably be considered a Zionist extremist even in Israel due to my views on nationalism.

What I find odd though is the reverence with which many Evangelical Christians seem to hold the Jews. Why? I support Israel’s right to exist as I do any nation but for Evangelicals it is more related to the Jews being the people of God. This isn’t just the rapture cultists either but a large sway of Evangelical Christians.

This has led me to ponder this question; are the Jews still the people of God?

I certainly believe they were as all Christians do but as a Christian who believes that Jesus is the son of God and the promised Messiah, I cannot see how people who explicitly reject Jesus can be considered the people of God anymore.The temple was destroyed, the old covenant was broken and a new covenant was made and the new temple is the church. If this is true and Jesus was the promised Messiah then God is no longer with the Jews who reject his son. They are not the people of God and Christians are.

Do Christians really believe that it’s okay to reject Christ and still be following revealed truth? I don’t think so. This may not be a nice thing to tell an observant Jew but that’s not really what I’m suggesting. I merely think that Christians should stop treating Jews like special humans and remember what it is they’re supposed to believe.

Part of this obsession certainly comes from the aftermath of the holocaust and (as I’ve recently learned), propaganda bringing words like Judeo-Christian into common use. I understand that this can make anything that sounds negative towards Jewish people that which should be avoided but it doesn’t mean there has to be this obsession. It also doesn’t really explain why it’s so prevalent. Perhaps obsession is the wrong word too but it often seems like one.

So I have nothing against Jews but that doesn’t mean I’d flatter them with notions that I don’t believe are true. Jews (in the religious sense) are not the people of God. It isn’t nice or delicate but if you’re a Christian – it’s true and we shouldn’t pretend otherwise.

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4 Responses to Jesus and the Jews

  1. Kirk Forlatt says:

    Think about this carefully…why do you automatically assume and accept that the group we know as Jews were at ANY point “the people of God?” Look carefully to the historical record. The word “Jew” is not even in the original languages of the Bible; “Judean” is, and it can have several meanings, depending on the context. Those we call “Jews” today are usurpers, imposters, parasites. They are like cowbirds and cuckoos; they push out the true children and assume their place, and organized Christianity shows its utter uselessness by its wholesale embrace of this lie. Not trying to be argumentative…I just found your site and am enjoying its contents. The very tribe who write today’s history books (the ones that don’t even mention major white figures but trumpet the accomplishments of nonwhite buffoons) are the same tribe that have for generations assumed the mantle of “God’s chosen people.” Israel/Hebrews do NOT equate to “Jews.”

    • Averagus says:

      I see you’re not trying to be argumentative. I have read before that modern Jews can’t even be traced back to Israel but I don’t remember where I read it. I was more getting at the religious side, the way many Christians are so fond of people who explicitly reject Christ.

      Thank you for your reply.

  2. Kirk Forlatt says:

    Yes,you’re right…it’s very perplexing. In any other case, the Christians would say, “Oh, you’re a homosexual, or a Communist, or a Muslim, or a [fill in the blank]? That means you’re an enemy of Christ. And while I will pray for your conversion, I can have no part in your life or what you represent.” But with Jews, they enthusiastically embrace them and seem to say, “It’s okay. You reject Christ and call him the bastard son of a prostitute who is boiling for eternity in excrement, but you get a pass. You’re special. God sends children to hell for not accepting Jesus as their personal savior, but he’s going to give you a pass, even though you might actively work to subvert His message.” Incredible.

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