May 5, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: The Ever Widening Chasm between Christians and the U.S. Government


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The Ever Widening Chasm between Christians and the U.S. Government

Following Jesus’ death and resurrection, the number of Jewish people in Israel believing in Him as the Messiah grew rapidly.  Their numbers continued to grow for 40 years, and in 70 A.D. after the Romans destroyed the Temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakki asked the Roman general in Jerusalem, Vespasian, for permission to open a small school in the seacoast town of Yavneh.

Vespasian consented, and Zakki, along with a small group of leading rabbis, went to Yavneh and modified a Jewish benediction in an attempt to drive Nazarenes (a sect of Judaism consisting of Jewish believers in Jesus) from Jewish congregations.  They were fearful that the Nazarenes’ practice of fraternizing with gentiles would eventually lead to the assimilation of most, if not all, Jews.

According to the Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 28b-29a,

“Our Rabbis taught: Simeon ha-Pakuli arranged the eighteen benedictions in order before Rabban Gamaliel in Jabneh.  Said Rabban Gamaliel to the Sages: Can any one among you frame a benediction relating to the Minim [Nazarenes]?  Samuel the Lesser arose and composed it.”

The benediction they modified is known as the birkat ha-Minim, and this is how the modified portion read after changes were made:

“And for Nazarenes let there be no hope, and let all wickedness perish as in a moment; let all thine enemies be speedily cut off, and the dominion of arrogance do thou uproot and crush, cast down and humble speedily in our days.  Blessed art thou, O Lord, who breakest the enemies and humblest the arrogant.”

Jewish people were expected to recite this benediction three times a day, and when called upon they were expected to read it aloud in the synagogue.  Obviously, Nazarenes could not read it or recite it, because it was a condemnation of them and their faith.  When they refused to read it or recite it, they were identified as Nazarenes, and they were no longer welcome in the synagogues.  Thus, this benediction effectively divided Jewish Christians from other Jews—a situation that persists to this day.

Modern-day Jews will not recognize this language in the birkat ha-Minim, because it was changed again once Nazarenes were effectively driven from the synagogues.  This is how it reads today:

“And for slanderers let there be no hope, and let all wickedness perish as in a moment; let all thine enemies be speedily cut off, and the dominion of arrogance do thou uproot and crush, cast down and humble speedily in our days.  Blessed art thou, O Lord, who breakest the enemies and humblest the arrogant.”

According to Lawrence Schiffman, Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education at Yeshiva University and author of Who was a Jew?: Rabbinic and Halakhic Perspectives on the Jewish-Christian Schism, the rabbis meeting in Yavneh never questioned the Jewishness of Nazarenes.  Rabbinic law at the time prescribed the conditions under which a person was considered Jewish.  Either their mother had to be a Jew or they had to convert to Judaism.  For males, conversion required immersion, acceptance of the Torah, and a sacrifice.  If a person met those conditions, he was considered Jewish no matter what he believed and no matter how he acted.

The great divide between Jews and Christians in Israel intensified during the Bar Kochba Rebellion–132 A.D. to 136 A.D.  Bar Kochba led a fight to oust Romans from Israel.  During the first year of the campaign, Nazarenes fought alongside other Jews to overthrow the Romans.  Then Rabbi Akiba, one of the most famous rabbis in Talmudic Judaism, announced that Bar Kochba was the Messiah.  After his pronouncement, Nazarenes could not continue supporting Bar Kochba or the cause he was leading.  When the revolt ended in failure, Nazarenes were branded as traitors for having withdrawn their support, and leading rabbis of the day retaliated by forbidding contact between Nazarenes and other Jews and by openly questioning their Jewishness.

Is history repeating itself?  The answer is “yes”.  According to Breitbart,

The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”. 

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. 

(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)

Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military. 

As you would expect, the Pentagon issued a statement “clarifying” its position on this issue after the public outcry began:

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a statement today ‘clarifying’ its earlier statements about possible prosecution for military personnel who share their religious beliefs with other military personnel. This comes the day after a law firm began its investigation into the matter.


Christensen issued a statement today saying that “Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”

The words in parentheses are in the original statement.

ADF is “troubled” by both the new comments as well as the original statement. The law firm filed a Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday to investigate the DoD’s position on military personnel sharing their faith.

No matter what the outcome of the investigation is, this much is becoming crystal clear: the Obama administration is waging a war against Christians in the United States, and he is doing little or nothing to protect persecuted Christians around the world.  The U.S. military is his chosen vehicle for remaking the face of America and for denying security on a selected basis.  You would have to be a complete ignoramus or an imbecile not to recognize this fact.

If Christians respond as I suspect many of them will, they will not reenlist nor will they join the U.S. military.  That will hasten the ever widening chasm between Christians and the U.S. government and in due course will leave America’s security in the hands of non-Christians for the first time in our nation’s history.  One can only speculate about the broader negative consequences associated with this misguided action on the part of our nation’s political and military leaders, but I fear that they might dwarf those of the rabbis who campaigned to rid Judaism of the Nazarenes.



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Daniel 9: 4-6

I prayed to Yahweh my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.”


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