First, I want to make mention of the three people who were killed last weekend in Overland Park, Kansas, a wealthier suburb of Kansas City. Although all three killed were Christians (two Methodists and one Catholic to be specific), the Neo-Nazi who killed them was seeking to randomly murder Jews at a local Jewish Community Center. He was looking to target Jews, but killed Christians.
I want to ask a simple question: Why are Jews, among all other people globally, singled out for persecution, hatred and genocide more than any other people? Throughout the Muslim world anti-Semitism is so prevalent that no examples even need to be cited. A few weeks ago, I cited a story about protests in France where anti-Semitic slogans such as, “Jews get out of France!” were chanted by hundreds of marchers. There is the growing Neo-Nazi party in Hungary and in several other European nations. And now we have the story below, where Jews are being asked to register or have their property seized and be deported from Ukraine.
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.
But of course, once we step back in history, the long list of Jew-Hatred simply explodes. But why is this? Why are the Jewish people, among all other people so persistently, so aggressively hated by so many different people?
Today, a majority of the Christian Church holds to the belief that the Lord is done with the Jewish people corporately, that there no longer remains any special election or calling upon them as a nation. Although many Christians reject Supercessionism (Replacement Theology), there nevertheless remains a large percentage who believe that the status of “God’s people” belongs only to Christians. These are the “Restorationists” who believe that God will someday restore the Kingdom of Israel to His people, with the son of David sitting on the throne. After all, doesn’t Paul makes it abundantly clear the calling and election of the Jewish people remains today?
Someday, they will all be saved. Someday. When He returns.
Back to my point; if God is done with Israel, then why isn’t Satan done with them? In other words, if the Lord has transferred His focus only onto those individuals who have accepted Jesus, and if He no longer has any future special calling for the Jewish people corporately, then Satan obviously has not received the memo. I’m hopeful that my traditional or reformed brothers and sisters who ponder this reality will reconsider their theology concerning the people and the land of Israel. Perhaps, by the grace of God, they will even repent of and renounce this deeply-rooted belief system. For whether anyone will admit it or not, it was Christian supercessionism that provided a platform for both Muslim and Nazi supercessionism and anti-Semitism. Traditional and Reformed Christian theology concerning Israel is the enabler of some of the most vile displays of demonic hatred that mankind has ever known. Perhaps in pondering the role that Replacement Theology has played in giving theological support to anti-Semitism, my reformed and traditional brothers and sisters will see Supercessionism for what it really is: a false doctrine that not only cannot be justified by the Scriptures, but that has born tremendously bad fruit. Its time to throw it in the trash.