Much has been made, and will continue to be made about the fulminations of anti-Semites such as the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, his oh-so-great-friend and ObamaPastor Jeremiah Wright. Not to mention the tripe that passes for discourse in the Islamic Middle East (for examples, just visit MEMRI).
Anti-Semitism should be taken as the serious affront to human dignity that it is. But we also should look at the larger picture: the Jews have survived far worse, and, given their unique survival as a people for well over three millenia, will survive slime such as Farrakhan and Wright, and their enablers, very much including morally blind liberals such as Obama.
If you are a believing Jew or Christian, it is, or should be, obvious as to why God’s chosen people have survived: God does not break his promises. The covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob still stands. Details on salvation remain to be worked out, and not a few who call themselves Christians have failed in their duty to respect the very people who have given us the messiah. But that does not change the truth.
If you are not a believer, then you may be hard-pressed to come up with a credible theory as to how the Jews, virtually alone among identifiable groups of humans, have retained their identity for so long. Especially when one considers that Jews are such a small fraction of the total population (about 0.8 percent). And I’ve not begun to discuss the disproportionate contribution of Jews to the world’s civilizations (not all good; Karl Marx was, technically, Jewish).
Whether you believe in God and his works, or not, the Jews simply…are. They have been; they will be. This is no surprise to anyone who reads Scripture: as literal truth, as figurative truth, or even as mythology (which doesn’t mean there is not truth there).
Facts are what they are: the Jewish people have survived slavery in Egypt, exile in Babylon, the Romans, the Crusades, the Inquisition, banishment from England, Spain, and elsewhere, Hitler and Stalin. They will survive moral midgets such as Farrakhan and Wright.
My conclusion? Don’t overstate the impact of haters such as Wright, but know him for what he is. We should turn away from all sin. And demonizing any group of people because of their mere existence is a sin. Don’t enable it. And don’t support any candidate who excuses it, or refuses to turn away from it himself.