Boycotting God

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24 Jan 2016
Boycotting God

When it comes to boycotts, Europe has a lot to live down. On April 1, 1933, Hitler declared a national boycott of Jewish businesses and professionals, the first in a series of actions which paved the way for stripping all Jews of citizenship rights. In the wake of the German economy’s collapse, the Jewish merchants were easy scapegoats for Hitler’s mesmerizing brand of militant nationalism.

Through the hindsight of history, we now know this state-sponsored boycott of Jewish goods was simply a precursor to the Holocaust which followed. But to those caught up in the madness of the 1930s Nazi rise to power, there was a certain logic to demonizing Jewish affluence. In the eyes of the average German it made no sense that the Jews were able to navigate the turbulence of a worldwide depression with greater ease than their Aryan compatriots. There must surely be something inherently evil, they argued, about the miraculous nature of Jewish success.

More than 80 years later, we see striking similarities in Europe. The Jewish people are no longer demonized, but the Jewish state most certainly is. During a period of worldwide economic recession, Israel has continued to thrive, outpacing the rest of the world in the fields of high-tech innovation and growth.

And as surely as night follows day, we are beginning to see the emergence of a concerted effort to boycott Israeli goods.

Israel’s success in building a state, against such impossible odds from the ashes of the Holocaust, surely points to the hand of God fulfilling His promises through the prophets. The Bible speaks of the One who scattered Israel regathering them again to their land (Jeremiah 31:8), carrying them home on the shoulders of the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:22), restoring the waste places and making them flourish again (Ezekiel 36:35).

But to acknowledge this reality requires the world to recognize the sovereignty of the God of Israel and His faithfulness to His Word. It is easier, it seems, to demonize the Jewish people and boycott Israeli goods, than to acknowledge this one undeniable fact.

People often wonder why the West is so keen to side with those who seek its destruction at the expense of its greatest and most loyal ally in the Middle East. Because to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist demands that we acknowledge the One who guarantees her survival. And man has been boycotting Him since the beginning.

 

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