Praying against anti-Semitism in the UK
Reports have emerged about the suspension of a Labour Party member for anti-Semitic tweets. This only seeks to highlight the urgent need for the Church to pray and support the Jewish Communities not just here in the UK but around the world.
Reports emerged on Tuesday 15th March, about the suspension of Labour Party member, Vicky Kirby, for her anti-Semitic tweets. She had originally been suspended for anti-Semitic comments on Twitter back in 2014, but was quietly re-admitted to the party, and given the position of Vice-Chairman of their Woking branch, in spite of the Tweets.
This is a stark reminder of the importance of ministries such as CMJ, not only to educate the Church and Christians on the Jewish roots of our faith, but to see the urgent need in standing alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters against the rising tide of anti-Semitism.
While this “stand” against anti-Semitism may take many forms, according to our opportunities, such as encouraging social media interactions, articles, or conferences, the main weapon of our warfare is prayer (2 Corinthians 10:4-6). Therefore it is important that we do not become half-hearted in the prayers we offer on behalf of the Jewish Community for God’s continued protection.
Given the way CMJ started out, back in 1809, when politicians such William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury responded to the Word of God, alongside the passionate desire of Joseph Frey & Lewis Way to physically support the Jewish people, it seems that praying for our Government and leaders of the Country is as important now as it was when CMJ was first formed.
Please pray for the leadership of all parties, that they would be aware of anti-Semitism among their members, and will not hesitate in stamping it out; for the hearts of those who have been guilty of anti-Semitism, that the Lord would touch their hearts with compassion for all the people of Israel, and for those who are using public platforms and social media for harm, that God would turn it around for His good.