Launching a Care Corps Against Hate
by Frank Eiklor
What would you do if a Jewish cemetery in your community was desecrated with swastikas and other Jew-hating graffiti sprayed on the gravestones of Jewish dead?
What would you do if haters deliberately marred a Jewish synagogue in your neighborhood?
What would you do if a Jewish store owner in your community had the words “Kill the Jews” scrawled across his establishment?
What would you do if a Jewish neighbor or black neighbor had crosses burned on his, or her front yard and the words “Jews not wanted” or anti-black or other hate slurs made conspicuous?
WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN COMBATING HATE
Of all people called to the front lines in the fight to alleviate the suffering of others, Christians are bound by what Jesus said when he was asked in Mark 12:29-31 which was the greatest of the commandments. He answered,
“The first of all the commandments is, Hear, 0 Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
A true Christian can never have the spirit of Cain
The “what if” incidents could go on and on, because they are happening in real lives – today in the United States of America. A true Christian can never have the spirit of Cain by sluffing off attacks against his Jewish neighbors (or anyone targeted by haters) with a smug “Am I my brother’s keeper?” response to God. Nor can a true Christian merely offer a “prayer without care” when meaningful action is obviously called for.
Nor can a true Christian merely offer a “prayer without care”
Our own response to God in the face of ugly and growing antisemitism, bigotry and hate is to accept the command given us in I John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth”. That kind of care can best come from groups of Christians representing their local churches – rather than an individual trying to be the Lone Ranger but being dismissed as rather ineffective.