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Issue: "Bob Geldof: Whose jubilee?," June 25, 2005

WORLD: Quoting the observation of your friend Rabbi Dov Fischer, you note that "the real problem for the future of the Jewish community isn't 'Jews for Jesus,' it's 'Jews for Nothing.'" Why do so many Jews fear Christianity more than secularism?

MEDVED: Most American Jews remain woefully ignorant and utterly uninvolved concerning the rigorous demands of their own tradition. If you ask them what makes them Jewish, and what unites them with other Jews, they will often highlight their refusal to recognize Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. Unfortunately, you can't build a vital religious faith on a negative proposition; Judaism will never thrive as "The Un-Christianity" any more than 7-Up prospered as "The Un-Cola."

However, this mistaken notion-that the very core of Judaism involves the rejection of Jesus rather than the acceptance of Torah-makes nonreligious Jews believe they share more in common with militant secularists than they do with Christian believers. That's a terrible mistake!

In explaining their own fears of Christianity, most Jews will cite the horrible Catholic and Russian Orthodox persecutions of the past-as if the Spanish Inquisition closed down its operations only last week. The truth remains that the greatest Jew-haters of our time-Hitler, Stalin, and Islamo-Fascist terrorists-have been either pagans or Muslims.

Today's devout Christians-particularly Christian evangelicals-are far more likely to bless Jews and Israel than to threaten us. In part, this Jewish-Christian coalition continues to grow because we face common enemies in the Islamic world, and in part it thrives because we share common deliverers-the United States of America and the God of Abraham who has blessed this magnificent nation beyond all measure.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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