Q. On your site, you show strong opposition to anti-semitic attitudes. And, since growing in the knowledge of my own faith, I’m beginning to recognize just how dire of an offense anti-semitism is. Well, I must confess that in the past, I have made some markedly ignorant jokes regarding the Jews. Will I be forgiven for this? What about other Christians who truly believe, but for some reason stand vehemently opposed to Israel and modern-day Jews? Will even they be forgiven?
A. If you’re a born again believer, you have been forgiven for any coarse talk or discriminatory behavior toward the Jewish people.
Some believers don’t believe the Jews in Israel today are the legitimate heirs to the Promised Land. I guess they think God performed the great miracles it took to get them there and keep them there without realizing they weren’t the people He wanted.
Many others who claim to be Christians adhere to the false teaching called replacement theology. They think the church replaced Israel in God’s plan and that Israel has no place in the end times.
It’s not for me to say if they’ll be forgiven, but I would not like to be in their shoes when it comes time to stand before the Lord and be held accountable.