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2.07.2005    |    I am a Jew
An important post on anti-Semitism by Meryl Yourish at Yourish.com. From that post, this rather sums it up:
The [late] Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim says that Jew hatred has three stages:

You cannot live among us as Jews.
You cannot live among us.
You cannot live.
My theory on why anti-Semitism is an evil weed that will not die is that the world hates those who have brought God's word to the world. Call it shame, call it revenge. Nobody likes to have to be told that their pagan ways are wrong and will bring judgment against them by the Almighty. Yet that is what the Jews had to do to maintain the covenant. Sure didn't win any popularity contests.

The Jews did not invent God, of course -- the other way 'round. But they took upon themselves the awful burden of following His law. The Jews chose God; chose His yoke to bear. Or not. And have suffered the consequences throughout history.

Both Old and New Testaments were written by and about Jews and their interactions with God. One in particular Jew being God's only Son, a nice Jewish boy from Nazareth. Christians who hate Jews hate their own Savior. And are not Christians. Jews rejected Jesus? Some did; some did not. Just like the rest of the world.

I am a Christian. I am a Jew. A Jew who knows that my Savior, Jesus who became Christ, lives and will return. And, most importantly, that it is solely my faith in Jesus as Lord that will save me. All by its mighty self. It really is that simple.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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