We Hold These Prejudices…
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.
Newsletter Editor, Missionary
Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.