WCC Incites Antisemitism BUT Purim is Coming!
Tricia Miller, Ph.D. and Dexter Van Zile
Dear Christian Leader,
Antisemitism and anti-Zionism continue to be alive and well in much of the organized church world and are actively promoted by self-identifying Christians. In particular, opposition to Jews and the Jewish State is demonstrated regularly by the World Council of Churches (WCC) as a whole and by individual representatives of the organization.
It is critical that Christians who stand with the Jewish people and support the State of Israel be aware of the WCC's theologically-based antisemitism and anti-Zionism because it manifests as dangerous incitement that must be consistantly exposed and opposed. This is especially important in light of the fact that the WCC unites 350 denominations and church fellowships in over 110 countries throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians, including some who identify as Evangelical and Pentecostal.
In order to be better equipped to counter inflammatory libels against Jews and the Jewish State, and expose the dishonesty of the WCC, please read this week's article by Dexter Van Zile.
The World Council of Churches Must Come Clean About
Support for BDS
The World Council of Churches (WCC) had a chance to draw a line in the sand. It had a chance to show the world that it took the plague of antisemitism seriously, and understood that ugly dishonest polemics about Israel undermine the ability of Christians to promote peace in the Holy Land.
The organization also had a chance to come clean and admit that, yes, the WCC has been an ardent and persistent supporter of the BDS campaign that falsely portrays Israel as a singular human rights abuser on the world stage — and in so doing, has fomented a plague of hostility towards Israel and Jews.
Instead of pretending that the WCC never supported BDS, the group could have declared that it is now doing what it can to distance itself from the bigoted and discredited movement that it previously embraced.
WCC officials also had a chance to admit that by singling out the Jewish state for condemnation — while ignoring actual crimes against humanity in places like China and Syria — their organization had given Jews throughout the world every reason to regard Christians and the ecumenical movement with suspicion.
But instead of engaging in an act of metanoia, the WCC’s leaders in Geneva (and one of its activists in South Africa) hardened their hearts against the truth, and doubled down on the lies they’ve told about events in the Holy Land (and themselves as peacemakers).
With their refusal to confront their mistakes, leaders and staffers at the WCC have demonstrated once again that they see Jewish survival and self-determination as stumbling blocks to Christians who, after all, purport to follow Jesus — a Jew himself.
The controversy began on February 6, 2021, when Rev. Frank Chikane, a prominent member of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, made false and incendiary comments during a webinar to promote a 27-minute film about the pro-Palestinian activism of Michel Sabbah. He falsely reported that people die every day as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and declared, among other things, that “the blood of the people of Palestine will be sought from” Israel’s supporters.
Purim is Coming!
The biblical holiday of Purim, instituted in the book of Esther, begins just one week from now on Friday evening, February 26th.
Every year, for almost 2,500 years since the time of Queen Esther, Jews all over the world have read the entire story of Esther and rejoiced over the deliverance of the Jews of Persia from intended annihilation. But, you might ask, what does this have to do with the Christian faith? Why is the celebration of Purim, authorized by Queen Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, significant for Christians today?
For answers to these questions and more, please join the Partnership of Christians and Jews on Friday, February 26th at 1:00 PM EST for an indepth conversation concerning what this holiday teaches us about the importance of our actions in the face of great evil. In particular, we will look at the role we have to play in a world where antisemitism continues to intensify and the State of Israel faces increased opposition, even from those who have supported it in the past.