“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).
The above passage of Scripture speaks of Israel as a blessing meant for every man, woman and child on the face of the earth. The only curse from the Lord would be directed at individuals and groups of individuals who cursed the apple of His eye – the Jewish people. Easy enough to understand, but does it get into many heads, if not hearts? Sad to say, not the case – especially in very recent times. Not so much of negating the literal meaning and implications of the above passage of the Living Word, but more so because of unfounded biases.
A huge chunk of hearsay typecasts Jews in every possible manner as evildoers. It is of little doubt that there is rotten fruit in various crates – why make a big thing about one while turning a blind eye on the others? If ever anyone chose to advocate social justice in its genuine sense, then it is equal treatment for all – regardless of ethnicity and socioeconomic status. It is increasingly getting rarer by the day to see this happen. All in the spirit of popular views, even if it appears to defy conventional wisdom – let alone lessons from recent history.
Have any of these folks who go around chanting antisemitic jargon had an in-depth look at the fate of Iran and Turkey? Since the mullahs wrested control of the nation from the Shah and labeled Israel as the ‘little satan’ – did it bring any blessings? Not the case! The result: a largely mismanaged economy due to obsession with becoming a nuclear power! Has Erdoğan and company done anything good for Turkey since turning against Israel? Nothing but a faltering economy beset with hyperinflation amidst a plummeting currency.
Blame it on their overweight focus on rumors, allegations and half-truths, all readily available on social media – heaps of sizzling sensationalism that increases their appetite for such questionable drivel! It did not take very long for these mangled mindsets to find their way into pews and subsequently pulpits. The defensive barriers against this ominous and troubling onslaught were only capable of muted resistance. The devil’s dirty work made the infiltration process dead easy. Watered-down sermons, Scripturally baseless doctrines, and the undue emphasis on political correctness opened the floodgates – anything goes so long as everybody’s happy.
Fads versus Gospel truth gave ample space for a slew of unbiblical leanings. Perhaps some people had a disdain for the old-time religion; new styles and reshaped interpretations were hip-shaking – whatever prophecies made thousands of years ago were deemed as moribund through allegorical lenses! The number of ayes on social media determined acceptability, even if it did not make much sense.
Antisemitism has been in the history books for a long time, except that it has had brief periods in the spotlight in an ebb and flow manner. But in recent times, it has made a comeback, albeit in a repackaged form. It drew an impetus from the intifada against Israeli occupation of lands claimed to be rightful Palestinian territory. On this vile note, the Jews were compared with the now-defunct apartheid regime of South Africa. Whether true or manufactured, a large number of professing Christians bought into this! Few questioned the credibility for this line of thought!
Populism, according to the flesh versus the honest truth through Holy Writ, was enough to catapult an unprecedented surge in global antisemitism. Demonic doctrines such as Replacement Theology became more than buzzwords; they attracted multitudes and, with it, proponents that spewed curses at the Jews. Did they fully understand the consequences of their actions? They were intoxicated in a rage against the truth in their insistence that God was done with Israel. Perhaps the motivation for saying this came from lie after lie from the father of lies – quite the case, nothing Scriptural about their rants and raves.
A hybrid of what is deemed as contemporary Christianity is making waves at the time of this writing. Only in very recent times does anybody come across Christian Palestinianism! In the true sense, it is quite an un-Christian entity. It’s all about supporting the enemies of Israel, barely anything about love for one another, directed by tenets that proclaim hatred in the name of so-called social justice. This distasteful fad has gained much traction as a result of the most recent Israeli conflict with Gaza.
Our Heavenly Father has about had it with these treacherous tendencies. It will bring no joy to many patriotic Americans that the fate of their nation could be no different from those countries that cursed the Jews. A look at Leviticus 26:15-17 explains the severity of disobedience from an unrepentant heart.
“and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform My commandments, but break My covenant, I will do this to you; I will appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which will consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart, And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.”
Does it not sound all too familiar, the pandemic that has raged on for more than a year? Many lives in turmoil as each passing moment terrifies as well as generates depression. Whether the pandemic was manmade is of no consequence here; nothing like that ever happened to America in her entire history – why now? What about the record-smashing drought in the Southwest, a harbinger of more pain?
Then there is all that talk about Communist China turning the Land of the Free into a totalitarian state governed by Maoist principles. All the hard work of industrious forbears risk confiscation in the name of Communism. Gulags, communes and re-education camps – a frightening prospect but a not-too-distant reality?
Hell on earth for those who persist in antisemitic pursuits. Whatever is mentioned above is just the appetizer that precedes the heinous main course. Thankfully, those who are of the Bride of Christ that bless the Jewish brethren will not be here for this. We have a marriage feast to savor. Whatever is happening at this moment is leading to that which is designated for them. Not us!
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