With the annual celebration of Christ’s first advent upon us, believers will happily search the Scriptures to find prophecies of His nativity in the Old Testament. Churchgoers will hear songs and lessons of what the ancient Hebrew prophets foretold concerning the Messiah. At Christmas, we will recall the words of Matthew and Luke describing the scene in Judea nearly 2,000 years ago. The Roman emperor will order a census. Joseph and Mary will journey to Bethlehem. The Word made flesh will be wrapped in swaddling cloths. Wise men from the East will pay homage to the Desire of the Nations. The wicked, half-breed King Herod and his murderous soldiers will rampage through Bethlehem and make Rachel weep. Warned by angels, Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus will flee Herod just in time to hide in Egypt until Jesus’s later boyhood.
The blessed celebration of Christ’s nativity conjures up an ethnocentric scene. The sacred, holy words of the prophets are in Hebrew. Though written in Greek, the nativity story is an intensely Hebrew one set in ancient Palestine. The story of Christmas is about the Jewish Messiah.
As such, the season of Christmas can be an emotionally compelling time for less-educated Christians to sympathize with, or LARP as, Jews. It is also an opportunity for Jewish allies to manipulate naive Christians to contribute to Jewish causes, condemn anti-Semitism, and support Jewish political ends.
This article is a brief reminder of why that is both unnecessary and biblically unadvisable.
First, Christ is not only the savior of the Jews. In the wise men, and in the messianic prophecies themselves, we see that the Messiah was intended to save not only those of Hebrew descent, but those of all races who placed their faith in Him. As far back as Gen. 3:15 and 9:27 we see that God would graciously extend His covenant to us Gentiles through the Messiah. And the whole of the New Testament, particularly Paul’s letters, explain that God’s people are those saved by grace through faith, not by race. There are extensive explanations of these theological truths available already at Faith and Heritage. Some examples are here, as well as here, and here. Use the “topics” menu and the search engine on this website to find more relevant articles.
However clear as Paul may have made it, for centuries the early Christians had to combat Jewish violence. The Jews began this during the outset of the New Testament era by persecuting Jesus Christ and the apostles, as documented in the Gospels and the book of Acts.
They also used clever arguments to subvert the faith of believers. Paul had to ward off these Judaizing schemes in his letter to the Galatians. As Dr. Kevin MacDonald explained in his books on the Jewish mindset such as The Culture of Critique, Jewish combatants have long attempted to undermine Western, Christian peoples by nit-picking and casting aspersions on long-accepted Western practices. The targets of their assaults range from the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone, to heterosexual marriage within one’s own race, to the celebration of Christmas.
The early Christian apologist Justin Martyr (d. 165 A.D.) dealt with the Jews in his dialogue with Trypho. St. John Chrysostom (d. 407 A.D.) combatted the Jews in his eight Homilies Against the Jews.
Reformation-era theologians such as Martin Luther and John Calvin also took up the pen against Jewish lies and crimes. A pro-white Christian brother Clement Pulaski has translated Calvin’s Response to Questions and Objections of a Certain Jewfrom the Latin into English. Also on his website is a translation of Luther’s famous On the Jews and Their Lies. Luther issued this volume shortly before his death. It reflected the Reformer’s thought after a lifetime of study and experience. Like many contemporary Christian Zionists, the young Luther had naively believed that the Jews of his day would be convinced by the plain teaching of Scripture. They did not, and sadly still do not, with few exceptions.
Christians celebrating the birth of Christ also need to know that what we now call Judaism is not the religion that God gave to Moses and the prophets. It is not “Christianity without Jesus.” On the contrary, it is a completely opposite religion with a totally opposite morality.
When we read the Old Testament, we read of God graciously giving a holy Law to His people. That holy covenant was what Jesus spoke of in positive terms and what the prophets called the Israelites back to, over and over again.
The religion that the Jews developed during their time in Canaan, the Babylonian exile, and until today is not the same as what God gave to Moses and the prophets. The religion of the Jews is the pagan, syncretistic, immoral religion of apostates. The Jews turned away from God so completely that Jesus openly, repeatedly, forcibly condemned their leaders in the New Testament. In addition, those Pharisaic leaders have repeatedly lied about and persecuted Christ, the apostles, and every generation of Christians to the present day. They infiltrated both church and state to use them against Christians.
Thus, the love of Judaism is so inappropriate for a Christian that if a Christian had to choose between living among Jews and Muslims, under either the Talmud or the Qur’an, he would be choosing between a group that openly condemns Jesus and the Virgin Mary, (another source here) and a group that honors them. For as bad as Islam is, Christian Zionists should think about how bad Judaism is before cheering as Israeli Jews fire another round of American-funded rockets into Arab homes.
So too he should withhold his praise of the people who killed Jesus, who persecuted the prophets, who have violently assailed the Church through all generations, and who are the chief actors in the ongoing dispossession of white people around the world.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament messianic prophecies. Jesus is Emmanuel, “God with us.” This Advent and Christmas, let’s treasure the words of the Hebrew prophets, rejoice in God’s fulfilled promise, and share His love with all our fellow men. This is what we do. We are, after all, Christians — not Jews.