We hold these prejudices to be self-evident, that Jesus could not possibly be the Messiah of Israel; that whether or not we’ve examined the issue as individuals, we each are endued with the inalienable right to decide that he cannot be for us, the Jewish people.
“We further declare that just as the entire Jewish people have been blamed for the death of Christ, so all Christians, along with their Jesus, can be blamed for the deaths of 6 million Jews and more.
“Therefore, no one need investigate for themselves who Jesus was, or what he did and taught. Rather, we may be satisfied with hearsay, rumor and the pursuit of anything which reinforces the unquestionable premise that Jesus is not the Messiah of Israel.”
Please don’t misunderstand. The previous statement obviously does not reflect the sentiments of Jews for Jesus! Nor would it be repeated by all unbelieving Jewish people. But unfortunately, a large percentage of the Jewish community does adhere to the creed of prejudice toward Jesus without even realizing it.
Prejudice can make the most illogical conclusions appear quite sound. The same kind of “reasoning” that allows some non-Jews to blame the Jewish people of today for Christ’s death almost 2,000 years ago also allows many Jews to blame Gentiles born after the fact for the murder of 6 million during Hitler’s reign of terror. Ignorance—not clear thinking—is what keeps such prejudices alive.
Prejudice also prevents people from seeing their own ignorance. Instead, they will see themselves as being “loyal,” “patriotic” or even “pious.”
Prejudice is a bony skull that encases the brain and “protects” it from letting in certain thoughts. In our ministry of proclaiming God’s message of love and salvation, we are grieved when we meet those whose minds are imprisoned by inherited prejudice and conditioning. They are usually thoughtful, reasonable people—when it comes to thinking over anything other than Jesus. They would be shocked and dismayed if they could see how prejudiced they really are.
My heart cries out for such people, and I pray for them without knowing their names. I long to know that God will work in their lives to free them somehow from the prison of their prejudices.