December 1, 2005

WHAT'S IN THE LAMB'S NAME? (via Jim Siegel):

Stop attacking our friends (ISI LEIBLER, Nov. 29, 2005, THE JERUSALEM POST)

UNLIKE OTHER Protestant denominations evangelicals do not subscribe to replacement theology and regard Judaism as a component of the formation of Christianity rather than being replaced by it. Their attitude toward Israel also contrasts starkly with the disgraceful behavior displayed toward Jews by other Protestant churches, many of whom now lead the pack in demonizing, and even promoting, divestment from Israel.

Of course Jews differ radically on many fundamental aspects of their religious belief. In that context we would do well to hearken to the words of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who warned Jews to avoid becoming involved in theological dialogue with Christians - as distinct from jointly supporting the promotion of our Judeo-Christian heritage in its broadest social sense and accepting their friendship toward Israel.

My discussions and correspondence with evangelicals over these past years have convinced me that during this difficult time for the Jewish people, when many of our liberal friends have forsaken us, we are fortunate to have the support of such a group who strongly back Israel and seek no quid pro quo in exchange for their friendship. I cannot recollect a single example of a mainstream evangelical leader making demands on the Jewish community in return for support for Israel.

And, contrary to what is frequently alleged, the attitude toward Israel of the vast majority of evangelicals is not related to ulterior motives such as a desire to convert Jews, or in order to hasten the Christ's return as the messiah. Most act unconditionally out of genuine love for those whom they consider to be God's chosen people.

These Christians pray regularly for the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people; they politically support our right to live in peace and security, including lobbying Congress to support us; and they even raise considerable funds to help Jews in distress.

Many Jews simply cannot comprehend that there are Christians who genuinely love them as the source of their own religiosity.


Most importantly, the theocons chief theologian can hardly be bettered on the matter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2005 12:31 PM
Comments

UNLIKE OTHER Protestant denominations evangelicals do not subscribe to replacement theology and regard Judaism as a component of the formation of Christianity rather than being replaced by it.

True also of the Catholic Church.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 1, 2005 1:04 PM

The Jews made a deal with God. That is their deal. God then, through Christ, made a deal for the rest of us.

Different people - different situations - different contracts. Same God, same gift.

Posted by: Mikey at December 1, 2005 1:27 PM

Mikey: There's a bushelful of parables in the NT all with that same theme...

Posted by: b at December 1, 2005 3:07 PM

Nobody said I was an original thinker...Or even a thinker.

Posted by: Mikey at December 1, 2005 4:12 PM

Wow, I never knew that we Methodists were evangelicals. For what it's worth, here's a snippet from the official umc.org site:

Both Jews and Christians are bound to God in covenant, with no covenantal relationship invalidated by any other. Though Christians and Jews have different understandings of the covenant of faith, we are mysteriously bound to one another through our covenantal relationships with the one God and Creator of us all.

Posted by: BrianOfAtlanta at December 1, 2005 5:13 PM

Brian, your're either Evanglical, Catholic or "Mainstream Protestant".Many of the "Mainstream Protestants" don't really believe in Christ anymore. Not intended as an insult, but it seems to be a fact.

Posted by: jdkelly at December 1, 2005 6:25 PM

Isn't 'evangelical' just an MSM euphemism for 'Christians who really mean it'? -- or more to the point, 'Christians who are willing to vote that way'?

Posted by: flanman at December 1, 2005 7:29 PM

"Most act unconditionally out of genuine love for those whom they consider to be God's chosen people."

-and a desire to be counted among the sheep, rather than the goats. Mat 25:33

Posted by: flanman at December 1, 2005 7:45 PM

flanman:

Or there's Genesis 12:3

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Posted by: Mike Earl at December 1, 2005 10:35 PM
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