It is year 5779 according to the Jewish calendar and today is the New Year of the Jewish calendar. The word is that Anti-Semitism is on the rise. We have about 400 Jewish residents in North Dakota and last year four incidents of anti-Jewish bias were recorded. There is a sad increase in these acts and one wonders why? We can make all kinds of guesses and ask all kinds of questions but anti Semitism has been a scourge for years. Paul talks about the blessings that accrued to the Jews in Romans 9 – I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my [countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen. Maybe it is jealousy. Maybe stupidity.
About The Author
Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for over 40 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ love compels us, constrains us and sends us forth.