“Jews are God’s chosen people.”
Someone made that all too familiar statement during an interesting, early morning discussion yesterday at work. I always cringe a little when I hear it, even though I know it’s easy to point to scores of biblical references stating that exact sentiment.
This line is used often during our conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the end-of-time prophecies in Revelation. Many evangelicals believe that our nation is blessed only because we usually stand with Israel on matters of foreign policy. Some use this “chosen” designation as a get-out-of-jail-free card for everything Israel does – whether right or wrong. It never seems to matter to the Christian community that Judaism refuses to see the divine nature of Christ and is still awaiting the Messiah. How is it that His supposedly chosen people don’t even believe in the one that He sent to save them?
When I asked a coworker about the fate of the Gentiles who died before Christ offered salvation for all, he replied that they all went to hell. Again, something that doesn’t make sense to me. Why did they deserve eternal damnation simply because chance placed them in a certain lineage? Does this also mean that those of Jewish heritage automatically go to heaven?
There are some things in Christianity that I have a hard time wrapping my mind around and this is a big one. How am I to accept that God made everyone, yet God loves some more than others? Is this loving God that we speak of partial to some and completely unfair to others?
I don’t believe that God loves the most devout Christian any more than He loves the lowliest sinner, and I refuse to believe that God loves or chooses anyone more than He loves or chooses me.