What the heck is WRONG with people at my school?
Right before I enter work today, I take a quick scan of the bulletin board outside our office and notice a cute little hand-made potpourri bag pinned to the board. In glittery glue blue and green letters it reads:
"I know what a Jew is. Someone who killed our LORD."
Okay, WTF? Someone went through all the trouble of hand-stitching a potpourri bag and then glitter-glueing that phrase on it?
It's finals week, and people STILL have enough time on their hands to do stupid darn like that.
So, this is the least threatening thing that could've shown up on our bulletin board, but it's getting tiresome, since Jewish professors in our department have been getting anti-Semitic literature in the mail (one even got two videos), and last August, a group of older people (who apparently didn't go to our school even) cornered one of the Hebrew teachers in her office and started harassing her.
Now that's scary. But a potpourri bag with glitter glue? Not so much. People are stupid.
/end mini, cold pill induced rant.
Could you explain to me how this is different than the blockbuster movie, "The Passion"? It is a central tenet of Christianity that we are responsible for killing JC. There is no ambiguity as far as the scripture is concerned. Naturally anyone who believes that the scriptures are divine will follow also this teaching. Sometimes it appears in a backpack, sometimes in movies, sometimes in people's comments, etc..
Not to get all theological on your ass or anything, but that's not a central tenet of Christianity. The central tenet of Christianity, around which the entire faith revolves, is the concept that God so loved us that he sent his son into this world to be an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all who will accept the sacrifice. Furthemore, Jesus had to die because it was part of the plan of salvation, there was no other way, so the Jews are not to blame. It is true that Jews killed Jesus, yet they're not responsible for his death; it had to happen. Instead, ALL humanity is responsible for his death. Through our sins, we made his death necessary for our salvation. So any and all anti-Semitism in Christianity relating to Jesus' death is a misconstruction of what his death means in Christian thought. It doesn't make any sense to blame Jews for it, because ultimately we're all responsible for his death on the cross.
Besides, even if you were to hold "Jews" responsible, it would obviously be only those Jews who lived then, not Jews today, and at that only the Jews that specifically killed him (as, you'll recall, most of his early followers were also Jews).
On top of this, Jesus forgave the Jews from the cross that killed him. "Father, forgive them, for the know not what they do". And in his death, that forgiveness was extended to all of us for our sins, contingent upon our acceptance of it.
So basically, anti-Semitic Christian misunderstand the most central tenet of their faith. I would argue that these people aren't really true Christians, if they don't even understand what the death of Jesus meant from a Christian standpoint. Of course, that's an assessment for every person to seek his or her heart and find true of false. I am not the judge, God is.