Friday, December 21, 2012

Words of Comfort: The Redcoats (part 1)

It’s strange that more people don’t ask themselves why Jews are hated. When I researched for my book, Hitler, God, and the Bible I wept my way through the Holocaust. I saw pictures that left me in horror at the cruelty of mankind…pictures so horrific in nature I don’t want to even describe them. My own ancestors fled Europe to England and then to New Zealand to escape persecution. It’s seems to be part of life. Dogs bark, cats meow, and Jews are persecuted. That’s the way it is.

I found myself recently sharing the gospel with 40 atheists. They had been protesting outside an event at which I was speaking. It was hot, so I invited them into the air conditioning and for free pizza and a chat. We had a great time, but one thing that kept coming up was the argument that I couldn’t be a Jew and a Christian. Even when I explained that I’m a Christian by religion and a Jew by birth, they couldn’t reconcile the two. They didn’t mix. Yet Christianity was founded by and on a Jew in the land of the Jews. One other thing that they have in common is that they have both been persecuted down through the ages.

I believe that the reason both are hated is that they worship the true God, and He demands morality. Jews and Christians remind the world of that fact, and that isn’t a pleasant thought for guilty sinners. However, that spark of thought in the mind of the world is fanned by the evil principalities and powers that govern this age. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the god of this world and those spiritual entities that hate the true God. There is a new wave of persecution on the rise against both the Jew and the Christian, and there‘s a good reason for it.

(To be continued...)