Love and Respect of Israel, Jewish people and Judaism
©By Menashe Dovid Walsh
Context is a wonderful thing as it helps to clarify or possibly justify what people write, say or do. I say justify cautiously since there are many things which may written said or done which are not justified under any circumstances such as slander or murder for example. The title of this article addresses an issue close to my heart as I am Jewish, a citizen of Israel and practice Judaism. The issue close to my heart is when a person of the ‘Christian’ persuasion intensely tries to tell me that they really love, respect Israel, Jewish people and Judaism. Taking the issue of respect into consideration as well as love for Israel, Jewish people and Judaism, the ‘Christian’ lexicon is somewhat different to what the normal lexicon defines love and respect as. Going by the normal lexicon, respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., “I have great respect for her judgment”). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Respect should not be confused however with tolerance, since tolerance does not necessarily imply subordination to one’s qualities but means treating as equal. Respect is not the ‘new’ misappropriation/ distortion of Jewish literary sources as some missionaries in a new wave of evangelistic efforts feel very much at liberty to do so!
In regard to ‘respect’ I am reminded of an incident a number of years ago when those missionaries who are called Jehovah Witnesses (JWs) just so happened to be in our Jewish community in the UK. The JWs were doing their usual door to door stuff when they came across our door. The opening line of one of those missionaries was like this “we JWs have great respect for your people and religion……” before they could get the ‘but’ in, my wife always quick and straight to point stopped the missionary in her tracks. Very succinctly my wife stated that if she really did respect our people and religion she (the missionary) would not be trying to convert us to their (JWs) religion. Needless to say this very clear definition of respect stopped her missionary endeavors immediately with respect to our house at least.
We cannot help it it’s in our nature
Now at this stage many excuses may be offered by those ‘Christian’ folks such as ‘those JWs are not real Christians’ for example. Another excuse by those ‘Christian’ folks who brand themselves as ‘messianic’ is that their messiah is the ‘de-paganized’ ‘Jesus’; aka ‘Yeshua’. Like as if de-paganizing Jesus is sufficient to stop any further questions or inquiry! The many excuses however, do not jive with an agenda set even by the New Testament. Incidentally, the semantic term ‘New Testament (Brit Cadasha)’ when compared with the term ‘Old Testament’, is after all to tell us that ‘New’ is better than ‘Old’ right? What is the agenda being promoted by all those ‘Christians’? The agenda IS adequately and plainly described by the New Testament itself regardless of the fog of the myriad of ‘Christian’ excuses:
I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. Mat 12:6….The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless. Heb 7:18….Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Ibid v 22….But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. Ibid 8:6….to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Ibid 12:24….Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Phil 3:8….Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Mat 28:19
The agenda is that the New Covenant is superior to the Old Covenant because of Jesus/ Yeshua. So much superior that the NT likens the ‘old’ testament as weak, useless and shit! Moreover that Jesus/ Yeshua / Paul positively encourage missionary activity to convert all nations to their superior revelation/ covenant. When a ‘Christian’ insists that they love and respect Israel, Jewish people and Judaism they are not being to true to the “New” Testament and the very words of Jesus/ Yeshua. Inherently the missionary ‘Christian’ deep down knows what they belieeeeeeve is superior but for the sake of the subtle propagation of the agenda they must at all costs maintain the illusion of ‘respect’ to those they wish to convert!
So how do these ‘Christians’ love Israel, Jewish people and Judaism? The answer is on the basis of what we have seen above with regards to respect. Essentially “Christians” would love to see in general non “Christians” convert to their more enlightened/ superior position. Even more so if a Jew converts to their more enlightened/ superior position because there is an added bonus for them when a Jew converts. Namely the added bonus gives what the ‘Christian’ severely lacks: authentic historical, biblical, cultural and ethnic value to their beliefs which they want to derive from an authentic Torah nation which they are trying so desperately to tap into. Yet simultaneously rejecting, by virtue of New Testament teaching, what the authentic Torah nation now has or once had is now inferior! The oscillating back and forth of loving and respecting Jews and yet having to toe the party line that the New Testament is superior is schizophrenic at best. Then again after all if a non-believing pagan believes how much more so if a Jew believes! And ‘belieeeeeeeeving’ is what the non-believing pagan and the Jew has to do. When the agenda fails any one who points out something is wrong in the New Testament is mocking and blaspheming ‘Chrsitianity. In the lexicon and cult like structure of “Christianity” mocking and blasphemy are redefined too.
Such a perverse inversion of commonly accepted terms such as love and respect is tied up in the cult like blindness that converts to “Christianity” accept and of which “Christians” routinely use of those Jews who refuse to ‘see the light’ of their efforts. Those “Christians” who claim to love and respect in reality love their own agenda to convert Jews to their position more than in actual fact any genuine love and respect of anyone and Jews in particular. Their own agenda is paramount and and with my own experience of dealing with these missionary types some ‘Christians’ keep the agenda better hid than others.
 “Christian” includes those who identify as Orthodox, Messianic or Evangelical. Some within these categories are insistent that their theological differences are radically different to others and so it is unfair to lump them together in an article such as this.