Anti-Semitism and The Liberal Church

godWith all the violence in the world, with the systematic extermination of Christians throughout the Middle East, with Russian and China showing their true colors, why must it always come back to Israel?

Edward Alexander, Prof. Emeritus at the University of Washington, says those who criticize Israel “as the sole ‘anachronistic’ state in an otherwise progressive multicultural world,” can’t sense, even subconsciously, that they have a “potential  kinship with the genocidal inclined and not-at-all progressive president of Iran.  In law, such kinship is called  ‘accessory to murder.’ Too many writers and pundits today are obsessed, almost pathologically, by the conviction that Israel is the most evil country that ever has existed, and that its removal from the family of nations is a precondition of world peace.”

The left has a sick obsession with Israel yet they claim it’s not anti-Semitism, they don’t hate Jews.  Bobby Brown, a former adviser  on Diaspora Affairs to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote that: It is “amazing to think when they strike against Jewish rights, kosher meat, circumcision, wearing a Kippa, allowing Jews to live in the lands of their fathers, ignoring violent acts against Jews, force Jews to work on Shabbat, deny the Holocaust, support and arm those who want to destroy Jews, or encouraging the boycotting of Jewish products, they say it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.  Can they explain what anti-Semitism is?”

Anti-Semitism was a term coined in the late 19th century in Germany as a more scientific-sounding term for Judenhass, Jew hatred.  It is manifested in many ways, ranging from expressions of hatred of or discrimination against individuals  to organized violent attacks by mobs, state police, or even military attacks on entire Jewish communities or the state of Israel.

It became fashionable in the U.S. with the spread of liberation theology that pushed a social justice message and taught Jesus with a socialist tilt which New Testament scholar, Amy Jill-Levine, said left Christians with a dilemma.  As long as Christians could believe that Jesus was fully divine, there was no need to distinguish him explicitly from Jews  but once the church met the ‘Enlightenment’ and the secular academy, Jesus no longer looked quite so divine. 

But once you remove the divinity of Christ is there any reason or need to even go to church?  For liberals, the answer was to remake the image of Christ to fit the new gospel.  And this, according to Dr. Levine, meant reading first century Judaism as a “noxious” mix of warlike theology, obsessive purity compulsions and clannish racism, allowing Christianity to shine.   The perfect storm for the Israel boycotts now required only a dovetailing of the liberation theology call to action, and the liberal churches’ caricature of Judaism, morphed itself onto the State of Israel.

According to Rev. Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem, and co-author of the Kairos Palestine manifesto, published in 2009,  once the liberal churches pushed the idea that “the Jews killed Jesus” it was easy to make people believe that the Israeli government was  reenacting the Passion on Palestinian children.   Ateek’s manifesto was endorsed quickly by the socialist World Council of Churches  who immediately  called upon its member churches to boycott Israel and decry the “sin of Israeli occupation.”

So why does the left hate Israel so much Liberalism was and is a competing religion to Christianity and Judaism. The very existence of Israel is a stench in the nostrils of most liberals, and for good reason; the existence of Israel argues more eloquently for the existence of God and the truth of the Bible than any philosopher or theologian.

Israel is a rebuke to the Liberal worldview, because its miraculous existence suggests that the Israelis and Christians are right, that there is a transcendent God who is actively working on their behalf (or rather that they are working on His). Throughout the great Diaspora the Jews never lost faith, and many Christians believed God’s promise that they would eventually be restored to their land – against all human reason.

Israel’s seemingly miraculous rise from the grave in 1948 and her continued existence, in spite of endless hostility on the part of the Islamic world and indeed even in Europe, justifies faith in God while undercutting the belief of liberals.  Mother Israel is the underdog these days, with her powerful neighbors becoming increasingly hostile as the U.N. condemns her in their hallowed halls.

There is nothing more vicious than a liberal thwarted. 

Sources: Israel’s Boycotters are Anti-Semites, by Ron Torossian; Why the Liberals Hate Israel, by Timothy Birdnow



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