To shun sharing Jesus with Jews constitutes an eternally damning anti-Semitism, but to share Jesus without love may have the same effect.
For all the radical differences between Judaism and Christianity, these two monotheistic religions share striking similarities. Theirs is a kind of mother-daughter relationship. Or, as the apostle Paul explains, Christianity is a branch grafted into the olive tree of Israel. Both faiths venerate the Old Testament as Holy Scripture. Both worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Both believe in a promised Messiah, whether as in the case of Judaism it is still a prospective belief or, as with Christianity, retrospective. Both subscribe to the same moral principles in the Ten Commandments; hence, both highlight love, justice, and personal responsibility. In addition, both religions recognize the duty of bearing witness and making converts.
As for Christianity, its very genius is evangelism. In Emil Brunner’s aphorism, “The Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.” Christians have become tireless evangelists, carrying their message to the ends of the earth, indiscriminately viewing every non-converted human being—pagan, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, animist, and atheist alike—as a soul for whom the Savior died and with whom the Good News must be shared. The apostolic teaching challenges Rabbi Alexander Schindler’s opinion that, “There is no clear New Testament basis or mandate to justify the efforts to convert Jews.” Christians cannot accept his assertion that Jews are “outside the need for a Christian form of redemption.”
This position, however, lays evangelicals open to the charge of being proud and arrogant. Christianity in its evangelical branch claims to possess Almighty God’s fixed ...1
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