Some Christians believe Antisemitism ended with World War 2 and Hitler’s system of mass murder but the reality is Antisemitism remains a consistent threat. The tragic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018 which left eighteen people killed or injured was not an isolated incident. The tragic reality is Antisemitism is making a comeback in the Western World.
Lets look at some quick facts provided by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Council of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2015 in the United States.
- Despite being 1.8% of the population, 56% of all anti religious hate crimes were directed at Jews
- Violent assaults increased over 50%
- Antisemitic incidents on campuses doubled
The problem has become more pronounced recently as white nationalists become more comfortable working in the open. There are also concerns that antisemitism exists the Left. As I write this there are even expressions of Antisemitism being from elected officials.
Amazingly today in Europe levels of publicly expressed Antisemtism are reaching that of the 1930s.
Where Attacks on Jews Occur, Attacks on Bible Believing Christians Follow
Attacks on Jews are rarely done in a vacuum. Often the perpetrators share an equally anti-Christian world view. The target is not just the Jewish people, but the God-centered world view itself. In WW2 Hitler sought to replace Judeo-Christian values with paganism and dark rituals. The facts prove this is the case as well today.
- In Egypt, where the media and government authorities permit anti-Semitism to run rampant, we see persecution of the Coptic Orthodox Church, hundreds of churches have been destroyed.
- In Iran, where leaders have a history of denying the Holocaust, and calling for the destruction of the state of Israel, we witness imprisonment and torture of converts to Christianity.
- Where Antisemitism persists in Belarus, other minority faiths are denied registration and Baptist churches are raided by the government.
- In America a White Nationalist opened fire at an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina in June, 2015.
Christians around the world are under attack and Jews are like a canary in the mine, when it is distressed, the miners know their lives are in danger as well. In this way we can see that attacks on Jews are a signal that the Christian community will be threatened and attacked as well.
The effects of the Holocaust consintue to this day as elderly survivors struggle in poverty and loneliness as the privations of their childhoods affecting them now as they age.