Now I’m not Jewish (as far as I know) and I’m not a Christian evangelical, so I’m no expert. Just the same, I think I understand why this ad honked off people like the Anti-Defamation League.
You should go and read it for yourself here, but this is a summary based on my own reading:
Hey Jewish people,
We know that our religions are a part of the church history which unleashed the overt anti-Semitism and violence of the Inquisition, the Third Reich, and ultimately the Holocaust. But, hey, what are ya gonna do?
Don’t get me wrong, we’re not apologizing. If we apologized that would mean taking responsibility for our actions and boy, does that go against Christian tradition.
We love you guys, but it’s like this… Your religion is wrong and you’re all gonna burn for eternity if you don’t become Christians. Yeah, we know your religion is older than ours but the bible is pretty clear - its open season on converting Jews. So we’re coming for you, okay?
Oh, and we’re going to encourage Christians who have converted from Judaism to still call themselves Jews, even though they aren’t. That way they can convert other Jews “from the inside” by pretending they’re still Jewish. All the better to convert you with!
Hey, we don’t want to offend you, but the bible tells us we kinda have to. We have nothing but respect for you guys, and we kind of believe the same things, except the whole Jesus-thing, but you’re all gonna burn if you don’t listen to us.
Bottom line: Without Jesus Christ you’re pretty much screwed.
With that said, you can hardly be surprised at my next revelation.
Unaccustomed as he is to resisting having his name in a newspaper, our own equal opportunity offender from Antioch Bible Church signed on along with 43 other “academics, clergy and journalists”.
I find myself wishing he and his colleagues would keep some of their “salt in their shaker”.