SES President Dr. Richard Land: Anti-Semitism Is the Most Irrational Prejudice for Christians
Southern Evangelical Seminary Continues ‘Dinner Table Discussion’ Series, Delving into the Most Hot-Button Issues of the Holidays
December 16, 2019
(Fourth in a holiday series called “Dinner Table Discussions with Southern Evangelical Seminary”)
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Two days after a shootout at a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that the rampage was being investigated as domestic terrorism.
USA Today quoted Grewal Thursday, “We believe the suspects held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people as well as law enforcement.” The shooting rampage by two gunmen who killed a police officer before opening fire on the supermarket fueled a three-hour gunfight involving hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
The tragedy, said Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land, is just the latest piece of evidence that anti-Semitism is still prevalent, and in fact, seemingly increasing. It appears the White House agrees, as President Donald Trump issued an executive order last week aimed to combat “the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and around the world. Anti-Semitic incidents have increased since 2013, and students, in particular, continue to face anti-Semitic harassment in schools and on university and college campuses.”
Land added that the prevalence of anti-Semitism in America and its cultural significance are topics families can discuss at upcoming holiday gatherings. This Christmas season, SES is delving into some of the hot-button issues that may come up at dinner tables around the nation among family members of all ages, faith and political stripes.
“Anti-Semitism is the most irrational of all prejudices for Christians,” Land said, noting that “Jesus was a Jew! And it now appears that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Over Christmas, we should talk to our adult children and other family members about anti-Semitism and how anti-Christian it really is.”
Columnist and author Dr. Michael Brown, who has spoken at several of SES’s National Conferences on Christian Apologetics, recently wrote about this rise. Take, as evidence, Brown noted, the past 15 months:
- October 27, 2018. A white supremacist kills 11 Jews during Sabbath services in a Pittsburgh synagogue, wounding seven others.
- April 27, 2019. A Presbyterian Christian, concerned that the Jews are destroying the white, European races, opens fire during Sabbath, Passover services in a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one and wounding three others.
- December 10, 2019. Two shooters, both of them black, one male and one female, target a kosher grocery in Jersey City, New Jersey, resulting in four fatalities. The male shooter has alleged ties to the antisemitic, racist group called the Black Hebrew Israelites.
“There is no denying the pattern,” according to Brown. “As the tide of anti-Semitism rises in America, Jews are being targeted for murder.”
Added Land, “Southern Evangelical Seminary stands firm on the fact that God’s chosen, covenant people are the Jews, and God made promises to the Jews that He did not make to anyone else. The Bible is clear in Genesis 12:3, when the Lord says, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you’ (NKJV). So if we want God to bless us and to bless America, we must also bless the Jews and not discriminate or hold hatred in our heart against them.”
For 27 years, Land added, the seminary has equipped students, pastors, ministry leaders and parents to share the Gospel from an informed and rational biblical worldview—and that includes ensuring that Christians know what they believe and why they believe it.
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