I am saddened by the events that took place in Moldova this past weekend. If you are a student of history then you will know how the former Soviet Union treated the Jewish people who found themselves trapped behind the “iron curtain”. For example, in Moldova, a country that was stolen by the USSR, had many Jewish residents before the total domination of the Soviet Union. Because of the heavy persecution many of the Jews fled the country or they were forced to live in Siberia, just because they were Jewish. Now that the USSR has fallen, there are not many Jewish people left in Moldova. Those who are left have an association that is legally registered to function openly. This past week they placed a menorah in the central park of the capital city. Because of this menorah, a group of orthodox “Christians” revolted and protested against the Jewish menorah. The vandalized the menorah, taking it from its location and placing it upside down next to another monument in the park. It was a clear sign of anti-Semitism on the part of the people who call themselves followers of Jesus Christ, a Jewish person Himself. The Bible speaks of how Christians are to deal with Jewish people. There are consequences for mistreating God’s chosen people. Here is what the Word of God has to say:
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
Those who bless the children of Abraham (the Jewish nation) will be blessed by God but those who curse the Jewish nation will also be cursed by God. We choose blessing or cursing by the way we treat the Jews. Also, those who call themselves Christians have been blessed by the Jews beyond comparison because they gave us Jesus the Messiah. I feel for those poor people who are deceived in thinking that they are serving God by persecuting the Jewish nation because they do not realize that they are actually cursing themselves.
What is your attitude toward the Jewish nation? Do you see them as the blessing to this world that they truly are? Do you seek to bless them? Or do you curse yourself by either cursing them or being indifferent to their situation? May the Lord help us be a blessing to the world like the Jewish nation is.