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Glad I Wasn't Moses

Though the link between the following material and Bob Jones University is tenuous, it warrants posting simply because it's related to racism and anti-Semitic attitudes pervasive through certain areas of Christianity.

From site visitor "Bucky Fuller" on January 20, 2008:

I read about the university on Wikipedia and there was a link to your blog at the bottom.
I appreciate that the right of people to pursue their religion is one that must be defended, regarless of which religion it might be. However, I must take issue with something you said on your blog that seemed to have anti-semetic connotations, and perhaps a misunderstanding of the history of Christian religion as a whole.
You mentioned in one of your blog entries how you are sure glad that you weren't Moses because you would have had to listen to all those people whining.
Is it not the case that "those people" are the Israelites? Is is not the case that Jesus was a jew, and that at least some of the progeny of "those people" went on to be the first Christians?
I understand Christians to be those Jews who saw Jesus as the Messiah that had been promised. When I speak to some Christian people, the usually seem perplexed and angry to hear me say something like that.
I guess I am trying to point out to you that "those people" are, in a sense, the ancestors of your religion, and I wonder if it seems contradictory for you to despise them? I wondered what your thoughts were.

My reply:

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify my position. In light of my anti-racism content elsewhere on the site, I should certainly hope that nothing on my web site would cause people to assume I am anti-Jew.

I'm rather concerned that being glad I didn't have Moses' job was extrapolated into "despising" Jews. I assume you are referring to

Ironically, complaining about the "structure" rules creates moral issues. For a parallel, see "the nation of Israel whining against God and Moses for pretty much their ENTIRE wilderness journey!" They were the most ungrateful, frustrating people to lead I'd imagine. Glad I wasn't Moses. Ugh!

This is the first time I've been contacted regarding this section; I suppose it could be taken to be anti-Semitic. My intent was to express dismay at being a leader who had to lead complainers--and in the context of "Christians whining about rules", with particular focus on those who attend a strict school like Bob Jones University and then complain that the rules are strict. To the complainers, I'd say, "If you don't like the rules, then attend elsewhere."

Let me assure you that my "glad I wasn't Moses" comment was not intended to disparage Jews, but rather point out the frustrations of leading anyone who complains against God continually. Frankly, I think modern Christians may fit that description far closer than they would care to admit. Christians are indeed the progeny of Jews--spiritually at least--and tend to have the same desire to complain against God-fearing leaders and try to rebel.

Modern Christians with anti-Semitic/anti-Jew attitudes have always mystified me. Jesus was a Jew, as were Paul and the vast majority of the first generations of Christians! How could I unequivocally reject an entire religion whose history is so inextricably connected to my own?

If your viewpoint of Christians in general are these uninformed types who don't know where the Messiah they claim to believe really came from, then I understand your concern.

On a personal note: I have been asked about Christianity in the recent past by Jewish colleagues. They asked me "why do Christians hate Jews? Christians say that the Jews killed Jesus!" That was the first time that I was aware of that attitude being pervasive in the 20th century. I think that Christians are far too ignorant of their Jewish history, and could understand Jesus far better if they really did their homework. There are things in the Bible (even the New Testament) that do not make very much sense unless you have a good understanding of early Israel, their traditions, and their worship and view of God.

To summarize: Let me assure you that I have no anti-Semitic intent. Further, my position on racism is well-documented on my web site at and reads in part as follows:

  1. I believe that when the Bible states in Colossians 3:5-11 that " there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all," this is accurately understood to mean that racism is un-Christian and un-Godly.
  2. I believe that when the Bible states in Acts 17 that God "...made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth," this refers directly to the fact that all humans share a common ancestor; therefore separation based on any genetic means whatsoever is not Biblical.
  3. I do not endorse racial separation by any means, in any way, or by any name.
  4. Racism under any umbrella or by any name is counter to the cause of Jesus Christ, and will only cause harm to Christianity.

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to clarify my position. I will post your question and my response as a link from the entry, and will with-hold your email to reduce spam.

- Troy Thompson

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