Jews for Jesus

Answers The Jewish Community Christians Persecute Jews

Christians Persecute Jews

Persecution in the name of Jesus is the most emotionally charged strand of the net of objections. More than anything else, many people point to Christian anti-Semitism" as a reason to dismiss Jesus. When Jewish people find themselves questioning whether Jesus might be the Messiah, thoughts of the Crusades and the Holocaust quickly rush to mind, setting off a warning signal-Jews who believe join the same league as those who hate our people. When Jewish people allow that signal to block any further contemplation of Jesus, they base their decisions not upon who Jesus is, but rather upon who they do not want to be (namely, among those who persecute Jews).

How can a Jewish believer respond to the accusation that we have joined the persecutors? Anti-Semitism is a fact that should never be minimized or pushed out of mind. Nor can we avoid the fact that many people have used the name of Jesus as a justification for their anti-Semitic crimes. Yet we need to ask questions. For example, can we truly blame our sufferings on Jesus and the things he taught? Can those who have wrongly used the name of Jesus make it wrong for us to believe and trust in him? Can the evil committed in Y'shua's name free us from the responsibility of considering his true identity? These are important questions, because if the answer is no and we continue to allow anti-Semitism to prevent us from considering Jesus, we allow anti-Semites to keep us in the dark about the greatest Jew who ever lived--which produces an even greater injustice against us.

It is important to remember that Jesus never taught hatred of Jewish people, nor did that hatred begin with the church. Persecution was a fact of Jewish existence in the days of Pharaoh and Haman. People justify their hatred in various ways, and some of the worst sins committed are cloaked in false piety. It is human nature to justify ourselves, no matter how ugly our actions. To claim loyalty to a noble person or cause is the perfect justification for the worst possible crimes. Such associations (however false) enable people to deceive themselves into believing that their wicked deeds are righteous.

The French Revolution was a bloodbath in the name of liberty, fraternity and equality. But who would say that liberty, fraternity and equality are ideals to be despised because of that bloodshed? People have committed terrible acts in the name of freedom and justice, but that doesn't make freedom and justice wrong. Nor do we label everyone who advocates freedom and justice as murderers, even though so many criminals have attempted to justify their terrible deeds in the name of those noble causes.

Jesus and his teachings have no connection to crimes committed in his name.

How can we blame Jesus for those who claim to follow his teachings but do not? We might say that if he had never existed, no one could misuse his name, but that is like burying our heads in the sand. Jesus is not to blame for the misuse of his name. In the same way, how are those who wish to explain his teachings to be blamed for those who have distorted them? If (as some have done) we blame all believers in Jesus for killing people they never knew, we become guilty of the same thing our persecutors do when they wrongly blame all Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus.

What a frightening (but not unnatural) phenomenon it is when the wrongly judged and hated turn around and wrongly judge and hate others. It takes tremendous determination for those who have been persecuted not to persecute others in turn. We must remember not to do to others what we hate having done to ourselves. As Jesus put it, "And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise"(Luke 6:31).


This article originally appeared in The Y'shua Challenge booklet.

Share this post:

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterShare on Google+

Add comment

  • If your comment does not pertain to this specific article/blog please click here to send us a message. Comments not related to this article will not be posted.
  • We reserve the right to delete vulgar, racist, or hateful content, as well as inappropriate and off-topic posts.
  • For extended discussions, use our forums.
  • Comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.


Security code
Refresh

Comments   

 
+1 # edwin hansen 2014-04-30 01:35
Hi Guys, I struggle trying to form any type of relationship with "Jewish" people. To me Jews are surrounded by a wall, and I suppose only Jews are allowed to enter, ( communicate). Spiritually I am a Jew. This is my belief. On the issue treated above Romans 12 which only has 21 verses and finishes with. " Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
Any practicing Christian could never be anything but loving to all people especially the Jewish people who have suffered so that we may learn. ed hansen
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 
 
+3 # C.P. 2013-12-19 01:31
Please don't forget it was Christians who sacrificed their lives and freedom to defend and hide Jews during the Holocaust.
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 
 
+7 # Paula 2009-03-21 12:25
It is to these 'Christians' that Jesus will say (on Judgement Day) "...I never knew you..."
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 
 
0 # Mitch4Jesus 2013-03-04 06:56
This "person"from 2007 is an obvious fraud.The misspellings and laughable phrasings cause me to believe him to be a "palestinian sympathiser" if not indeed a "palestinian" himself.I have seen more of these previously on other sites.And YES I of course realize the the term palestinian came about by arrafat's people in the early 70's and that no such people have ever existed.The romans used a spelling of the philistines that came to be pronounced thusly.They also named other regions centuries before those places existed. And yes this hatred will cause Jesus to say what Paula said..=/
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 
 
-1 # Darin 2007-02-14 05:50
I think the reason why some christains persucute jews is because they have hatered for gays and arabs Iam a christain and will no longer support jewish organizations that fund murder and killing of arab people especially those of new generation of arabs which have no understanding of whats going on.. also repeated disobedients of gods call out of egypt and moses not telling the new phorah of josephs favor of the previous endeavors and moses failure with god hypened anger and god aggression towards egypt wouldnt happen if diplomatic endeavors would take place..especially leaving the promised land and outward disobedience when god dwelt in the tent in the land that they possesed freely without murder or killing..what kind of Gods people is that.. and willingly giving the land to the pagans because they were in dutch with god because of their friendships with the pagans the examples goes on..if I had land that god gave me to dwell on I surely would budge an inch to go somewhere else
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 
Jews for Jesus | 60 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Phone: 415-864-2600 | Contact Us
Copyright © 2014 Jews for Jesus. All Rights Reserved.

Social Networks

Jews for Jesus Social Networks
Jews for Jesus on Facebook Jews for Jesus on Facebook Jews for Jesus on Twitter Jews for Jesus on Youtube