As the world reels from the disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet another virus thrives in the traumatic atmosphere of fear and uncertainty…
The virus of antisemitism. As COVID-19 was birthed in the recesses of time last year, physical manifestations of antisemitism against people and property were spiking globally of over 18% in 2019 according to the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University.
As we today observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, within our lifetime post the tragedy that took 6 million Jewish lives, our Jewish brethren are once again—amid a growing wave of hatred and violence—the target of blame for the coronavirus itself. The dark world of social media haters and rumor mongers is alive with propaganda and caricatures depicting Jews as the greedy perpetrator and “unclean” source of a tragic global health crisis that has virtually affected the entire planet. The language and imagery used clearly identifies a revival of the medieval ‘blood libels’ when Jews were accused of spreading disease, poisoning wells or controlling economies.
This week in the shadow of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we in our current moment of time are again seeing the return of intense hatred from the same poisonous seeds from which theHolocaust grew. Can we truly say “never again” with confidence? Can we today bless the memory of 6 million of God’s Chosen People and not be moved to have our voices heard in this generation?
Today I am reminded of the words from the Book of Esther 4:14: For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
As with Esther of old, we must not for a moment consider the option of renouncing our mission or silencing our voice.
At PJTN, we were born for “such a time as this.” Not to remain sheltered in place, or remain silent before our enemies, both seen and unseen, but to run boldly into the battle, to rush towards the roar of hatred and antisemitism and to stand side-by-side as Christians and Jews committed to a higher purpose in the new reality that lies ahead for our world.
As we remember with reverence the lives of 6 million who were lost…we owe their memory nothing less to boldly say…”Never Again!”
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Thank you for your faithful support during these difficult weeks!
I prayerfully hope that God will bless you and yours and that you will continue to stand with me.