PRAYER ALERT: We can understand why the media now celebrates those who say, We are Charlie. Radical Islamists increasingly target the media’s journalists. ISIS beheads them in mass-circulated videos. Clerics issue fatwas against them. Terrorists firebomb their offices. Now al Qaeda-linked operatives have committed a massacre in Charlie Hebdo’s offices. They were retaliating against the ridicule of their prophet Muhammad. But what did the massacre of Jews in a kosher deli retaliate against?
The mere fact that they were Jews. Huge crowds are chanting, We are Charlie. How many are saying, We are Jews? Christians should be saying so. They are God’s chosen people, and we were grafted into their family tree (Rom. 11:13-24). We have more reason to identify with them than anyone. But other peoples have reason too. God promises to bless those who bless the Jews, and curse those who curse them (Gen. 12:1-3). And many more people in the US and in Europe are cursing Jews than they are any other people of faith.
In the US, 60% of religiously motivated hate crimes are against Jews. In comparison, 14% are against Muslims and 6% against Christians. In France, only 1% of the population are Jews. Yet 40% of racially motivated crimes are against them. These include assaults on people, synagogues and kosher restaurants.
But of all the multitudes marching and chanting, We are Charlie, which of them have offered the Jews shelter from further abuse? Only Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel. Last year 7000 Jews left France for Israel, about twice as many as in previous years. Let us pray for the nations to bless the Jews, and be blessed instead of cursed in return.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, Your wisdom is unfathomable. Your ways are beyond searching out. In Your wisdom You chose the Jews to bless all nations. Through the Jews have come the Bible, the true prophets, the true history of redemption, the gospel and the Messiah. But the nations have gone after other prophets and other gods. The Jews followed them until You consigned them to exile. They are still being persecuted in other lands. Even in lands that once were called Christian. You have called us as Christians to make Jews jealous for you. We repent for not being grateful for their gifts. We repent for not honoring their high calling. For their gifts and calling are irrevocable.
Protect and preserve the Jews for a great turning back to You. Send them true Christians to minister to them powerfully as Your witnesses. Give them favor and find them safe havens in every nation. But liberate Muslims from shariah-based no go zones. Bring freedom of speech and religion there. Protect those freedoms with just laws and law enforcement. Bring the Bible, the true prophets and the true gospel to them. Give them revelations of Jesus Christ as the only true Messiah. Expose and frustrate terrorist plans. Increase Your government and Your peace among them. Show them how to bless the Jews and so be blessed by them. For even among current Muslims, the fullness of the Gentiles must come into Your kingdom, before Israel can be saved. And let those who are now saying, “We are Charlie,” know that You are Lord. That true freedom comes from Your Son. That all whom the Son sets free are free indeed. And that His perfect love drives out fear. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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