Why A Jew Supports Christian America

By Don Feder

FrontPageMagazine.com | December 23, 2004

In America today, Christians have many enemies and few friends. I would like to be counted among the latter.

It might appear odd that, as a Jew, I would support Christians and the concept of Christian America. Once upon a time, it would have seemed equally strange for a Christian to call himself a Zionist.

But the world is forever and relentlessly changing. As a member of one of the most persecuted minorities in history, I can relate to what Christians are experiencing in the first decade of the 21st century.

In America today, devout Christians are rapidly assuming the roles traditionally assigned to Jews during the long centuries of exile: scapegoats, objects of ridicule, the focal point of conspiracy theories, and the despised "other."

Do I exaggerate? Consider the following examples (culled from the daily news) of what can only be called an anti-Christian onslaught:

How can anyone with a basic sense of fairness not be outraged by this?

In the face of a political pogrom, concerned Jews must rally to the defense of our Christian neighbors.

My support for Christian America is in part based on gratitude. I am exceedingly grateful for Christian support for Israel, especially from the evangelical community.

A generation ago, the term Christian Zionist was an oxymoron. Today, American Christians are a mainstay of public support for Israel. Without their help, U.S. Middle East policy would be far less sympathetic to the Jewish state – a fact recognized by every Israeli prime minister for the past 20 years, all of whom have assiduously courted the Christian Right.

I’m also grateful to Christians for America. I love this country and can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be like if I wasn’t an American.

It’s a truth seldom acknowledged: Christians created America.

Those settlers who most influenced the course of our nation (including the Pilgrims and Puritans) were committed Christians, who – significantly – drew their inspiration from the Hebrew Bible.

Overwhelmingly, the Founding Fathers were men of faith. Alexis de Tocqueville, that prescient observer of our infant Republic, said the genius of America is found not in her commerce, her schools, or her democratic institutions, but in her churches, with "pulpits aflame with righteousness."

Throughout the course of our national existence, America has been led by individuals guided by Christian principles – from George Washington to George W. Bush.

From Bunker Hill to Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima to Iraq, the men who’ve taken up arms to defend America overwhelmingly have been Christians. Count the number of crosses at the U.S. cemetery at Normandy or contemplate the pictures of young Marines praying in the field in Mosul.

America took in my immigrant grandparents, allowed them to practice their ancient faith in peace, permitted their children and grandchildren to achieve a degree of material comfort found nowhere else on earth, and to enjoy citizenship rights that Jews have rarely known during the 2,000 years of Diaspora – for all of which I am indebted to Christians.

Moreover, I believe America’s survival rests with Christians. This nation was founded on biblical morality and grew to greatness with that code. Without it, America cannot long endure.

Christians are manning the barricades in the battle to preserve our nation’s spiritual heritage, represented by the expression "The Judeo-Christian ethic."

If America isn’t one nation under God, what will it be? One nation under a culture that produces 1.4 million violent crimes (murders, rapes and assaults), 1.3 million abortions, and one million new cases of venereal disease each year?

Will we have liberty and equality for all (again, distinctly biblical concepts), or will we be one nation under a welfare state whose principal products are a crushing tax burden, fatherless families, and multi-generational dependency?

Will America be a nation of strong families – where children are nurtured and parents respected – or the me-as-the-sum-of-all-things society into which we are rapidly devolving? The sacrifices required to keep a nation together are based on faith, not calculations of personal gain.

This is what Christianity gave – and continues to give – America.

Finally, I believe the safety of American Jews lies with Christian America.

In secular Europe, Jews are beaten in the streets. Our college campuses – dogmatically liberal – have turned into snake pits of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. The news media, which are so hostile to Christianity, are equally antagonistic toward Israel. (Christians aren’t the only ones in desperate need of allies.)

There is a dark force spreading across the globe, rivaling the march of fascism in the '30s and '40s, and of communism is the postwar era. Call it Islamic fundamentalism, militant Islam, Jihadism, or what you will, it is animated by a burning hatred of Christians and Jews. The same toxic creed that murders Jews in Israel and attacks Jews in Europe, kills Christians in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Asia – and members of both faiths (and others, including their own) in America.

As never before in our two millennia of joint history, Jews and Christians need each other. The antithesis of the Judeo-Christian ethic isn’t a world-weary disbelief, but modern paganism – where victims are sacrificed to new gods, deities spawned by ideology but every bit as bloody as the gods of old – or a world colored Islamic green.

For all of the above – and because I am bound by honor and conscience to do so – as a Jew, I stand with Christian America.

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