WHAT IS ANTI-SEMITISM?
By Rev. Ted Pike
9 Mar 05
"Criticize a Jew? Unthinkable," most evangelicals would reply. "That
Well, if criticizing evil Jewish leadership is "anti-semitic," then
Christ, the apostles, and the prophets were all raving anti-semites,
for they filled the Bible with criticism of such leadership.
Let me tell you what real anti-semitism is. It is the belief that
Jews are racially, morally, intellectually degenerate; that they
are, from their mothers' wombs, evil, corruptive, conspiratorial.
Today, some branches of the "Christian Identity" theology believe
Jews, as the "seed of Satan," fulfill these criteria. Some KKK and
white supremacist groups regard Jews in the same light.
But it is not "anti-semitic" to expose and reprove evil wherever
it is found, even if it happens to be found among the Jews. Scripture
exhorts us to "reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and
doctrine." (II Tim. 4:2) The Bible never grants Jews exemption from
Of course, the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith does not
see it that way. For nearly a century, the ADL has drilled society
to believe that any criticism of "God's chosen people," or its venerable
institutions, such as B'Nai B'Rith, borders on anti-semitism.
Actually, the opposite is true. It is an act of kindness for friends
of the Jewish people to warn them against the false leadership provided
by ADL/B'Nai B'rith. Such leadership, by its hate laws and militant
anti-Christianity, can only create anti-semitism, victimizing innocent
Jews under a future backlash of hatred and persecution.
2600 years ago, Jeremiah, out of love, warned the people of Judah
not to follow their wicked priests and kings. The people scorned
Jeremiah, claiming he was "against" the Jewish people (anti-semitic).
Result: they were led, with hooks in their jaws across the burning
sands into captivity in Babylon.
Scripture tells us that "faithful are the wounds of a friend." (Prov.
27:6) It is time that, as an act of love toward the Jewish people,
Christians show their faithfulness, not by misguidedly "blessing" Jews
by speaking more smooth words of flattery toward them (an approach
characteristic of false prophets of old), but by speaking the whole
truth. Such should be spoken without fear of the accusations of "anti-semitism" that
will surely come from the ADL.
What a blessing it would have been to the Jews of Jeremiah's time
if they had heeded his criticisms of those false leaders – and
been spared exile and the destruction of their city!
So it is today. If Christian leaders with foresight and courage
could suggest the dissolution of B'Nai B'Rith/ADL, with all of their
anti-Christian mischief, then what a "blessing" for Israel that would
be – especially if such advice were heeded. In fact, someday
the Jews, realizing how such enlightened criticism may have spared
them another "holocaust," might be profoundly grateful to their Christian
They might realize, at last, that there is more than one way to "bless" the
To book a talk show discussion of how to prevent a resurgence of
anti-semitism, call Rev. Ted Pike at 503-631-3808.
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