It would be impertinent for me, an ignorant goy, to share Jesus with Jewish people, when he is already Jewish, and Jewish people who believe in him (Messianic Jews) are simply discovering that one of the greatest Jewish teachers is also the Messiah. However, since I have been blessed with this wonderful discovery, and I am not even Jewish, how could I not want to share this good news with everyone I meet. Wouldn’t it be antisemitic to deny Jewish people the opportunity to find out about their Messiah? So shall we forget for a moment the easily made allegations of antisemitism, and talk seriously about who Yeshua ha Notsri (Jesus of Nazareth) actually claimed to be, and examine those claims in an open-minded discussion?
Of course, Rev Sizer! As a Christian minister, your primary concern is that all Jewish people should hear about Jesus, and the Christian Zionists are really muddying the water with all their support for Israel.
It’s clearly wrong of people to put political alliances with Jews before religious convictions, as you seem so keen to point out.
Or these photos?
Or these photos?
Let’s make this simple:
At its core, Stephen Sizer’s opposition to Zionism is theological. Based on a supercessionist understanding of the New Testament, the coming of the Messiah means that Jews can no longer have a state, or indeed any identity outside of Christianity. The Messiah has come so Zionism is wrong.
Dovid Weiss’ opposition to Zionism also fundamentally theological. Based upon a particular ultra-Orthodox understanding of Torah, Jews cannot have a state before the Messiah comes. The Messiah has not come so Zionism is wrong.
So what exactly unites Weiss and Sizer?