First of all, this blogging thing takes more time than I thought. I intended to post more regularly, but life has gotten in the way.
As it is Passover week, as well as Feast of Leavened Bread week, I wanted to comment on the shootings this past Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas.
It appears the shooter assumed that any one near these two places would only be Jewish. Since the only people killed were gentile Christians, this reveals how gut level hateful this man, Frazier Glenn Cross/Miller was. He had an apparent blind hate and revulsion toward anything or anyone Jewish. Is there is a large Jewish population in Overland Park? Absolutely. It is one of the largest Jewish population centers outside of New York city in the United States. I guess he thought it “convenient” to drive up from his home in southwest Missouri and just start shooting. I’ve had friends ask if I thought he chose this week because of Passover, etc. I think it’s hard to say. If he didn’t know enough to know the Jewish Community Center is used by Jews and gentiles alike in the area, did he even know it was Passover week? With a guy like this, hating Jewish people as he does, what difference would it make when he chose to go off? Again, he didn’t even realize he wasn’t shooting Jewish people, he just assumed he was. That is just clearly about hate, and nothing else.
I understand he was heard to say “Heil Hitler” while shooting. While Hitler was clearly a hater of Jewish people, I think this points to a bigger, spiritual reality that inhabits all people who harbor anti-Semitism in their hearts. In Matthew 23:39, Jesus said to the Jewish religious leaders “You will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord'”. This is Jesus’ second quote in two chapters from Psalm 118, which is a messianic Psalm. His question back in Mathew 21:42, “Have you never read in the Scriptures…” is clearly meant to point out, yet again, that He is the one spoken of by the text He quotes.
But the real point I want to make from this text is this – the devil knows that if there are no Jews left on the earth when Jesus comes back, there will be no Jewish leaders to say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” If no one says this, Jesus is then a liar, and has no right to the throne in Jerusalem. The devil’s plan for centuries has been to exterminate the Jewish people, all the way back to Herod killing those 2 years old and younger when he learned that Messiah had been born. These are all just human agents doing the will of God’s eternal enemy. So, a guy in Overland Park, Kansas yelling Heil Hitler while trying to kill Jewish people is just one more manifestation of Satan’s murderous heart, as he attempts to destroy those who will ultimately be part of destroying him.
That’s why I believe we as gentile believers need to deal with the veil of replacement theology over our hearts as quickly as possible. This is not just an isolated, so called “white supremacist” issue, no more than it is a “political correctness” issue. It is a long standing spiritual issue that will not end until Jesus returns and rules from Jerusalem. It is an issue that has been propped up by and even justified by the teachings of replacement theology. After all, Jesus’ quote in Matthew 21:42 is one of the texts used for centuries by “the church” to justify killing Jews.