OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE . . .
While I was in South Africa last month, I was asked a very sobering question at one of my meetings. A young woman who watched our Boycott This! film and heard my presentation on the importance of PJTN's fight against antisemitism approached me after the gathering as people were mingling. Looking at me very earnestly she asked: "Do your arms ever get tired? It must be difficult to rise every day and attempt as you do to push back the darkness of hatred."
Her question is one I played and replayed over and over in my mind on the flight back to America. When I committed myself to obey God’s Commandments and accept His decrees by fighting antisemitism with the launch of PJTN in 2005, life in America was much different and the enemy of fighting "hatred of the Jews" was much smaller and more defined in the cultural battlefields that surround us. Fast forward to 2019. The comment made at our PJTN office just the other day, rang true the minute it was uttered. "The war on antisemitism has become like a game of 'Whack-A-Mole.' When an effective strike is made in the destruction of one enemy—four more emerge from their dark holes!" I can't deny it as I look around at a desk piled high in this joyous season with urgent agenda from K-12 indoctrination of our children in American schools and the passage of bills on antisemitism across the country to the need to enlist more PJTN state chapters to take our biblical message wider in educating more people in the cultural battles for the mind, heart and soul of this generation. The war on hatred never takes a holiday.
Our work is a 24/7, 365 commitment at PJTN. Now as we face the close of 2019, sobering new statistics have just been released from a national survey conducted in the U.S.
The data collected revealed:
- 17% of today's Americans hold antisemitic views and prejudices.
- Holocaust denial has risen from 7% to 14% over the last five years with one in six Americans now believing the extermination of six million Jews was a "myth or greatly exaggerated."
- The belief that the Jews have "too much control in America" is held by 18% of our fellow citizens.
- A full 28% of Americans believe Jews in our country are more loyal to Israel than America.
These statistics don't even begin to cover the mood of our nation's college campuses where pro-Palestinian rallies and support of the antisemitic BDS Movement are now the norms at colleges coast-to-coast—regularly virulent and often violent.
Headlines tell us here in 2019 that antisemitism has re-emerged with a vengeance in the political and cultural mainstream around us—this time cloaked in a different garment: "Acceptability."
Where is the national outrage from Christians that lasts more than a few weeks over the most deadly attack on the Jewish people in America at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh?
Where was the national day of remembrance this past October when the first anniversary of this horrific event went virtually unnoticed? What bending of our biblical and moral conscience as Americans, Christians, Jews and all people of good conscience allows the tolerance of antisemitism in our Christian and political leadership? The outward hatred of Israel and the Jews is daily discourse influencing our culture as pop icons for a new generation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib voters.
What was once "unthinkable" is now acceptable in the growing arena of trafficking hate.
We've had polls, we've heard from researchers and think-tankers, we've held conferences, conventions and conclaves, we've formed committees. We've had talk. We need action!
When seeing discouraging statistics on the global rise of antisemitism, I have but one question: How much greater would those statistics be if PJTN and our faithful Watchmen didn't exist and you and I weren't obedient to God’s calling to win this war together?
"Pushing back the darkness of hatred" takes more than just my strength—it takes all of us locking arms in force in facing the enemy at hand!
I was reminded by the words of the prophet Samuel to King Saul in 1 Samuel 15:22,
“… Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…”
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