News reports tell us of what appears to be a concerted effort to intimidate Jewish citizens of the United States, including threats called into at least 100 Jewish community centers and schools threatening bombs or other forms of attack.
It is a concerted effort, and Americans should meet this with a concerted moral response. Even though no one has been physically hurt, the reality is that community centers and schools in our Jewish communities have been disrupted, and the threats have to be taken seriously.
All this is ominously reminiscent of Kristallnacht or Reichskristallnacht that took place on the 9th and 10th of November in 1938 when SA, brown shirts of the Nazis, raided so many Jewish communities doing grave violence and in one night destroying about 1000 Jewish synagogues.
Over this two-day period, 95 synagogues were destroyed in the city of Vienna alone.
Anti-Semitism is one of the most vile sins of civilizations, and here we see it rearing its ugly head once again. And what’s really frightening is that this is taking place in the year 2017, even as we know that the centennial of the horrifying events of World War II lie just about a generation in front of us.
As the New York Times reported: “The warning was one of at least 100 that Jewish community centers and schools have reported since the beginning of the year, a menacing pattern that has upended daily life for people in 33 states and prompted a federal investigation that has come under increasing scrutiny from lawmakers, security specialists and Jewish leaders.”
It was the guilty silence of so many Christian leaders in Germany in the beginning of the rise of anti-Semitism there that made the Nazi regime’s anti-Semitism possible.
We must be very certain that we cannot be silent now.
Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, offers a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview. This is a rush transcript. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.