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I have a dear friend who is a Christian but really struggles with the fact that the Jews remain God’s chosen people.  To him, it makes no sense that God would continue to call the Jews His chosen people when they rejected His Son as the Messiah.  But to me it makes perfect sense on several fronts:

First, God made a promise to Abraham and the Jewish people.  And even though God, knowing all things past, present and future, knew the Jews would reject Jesus, when God makes a promise, you can put it in the bank.  He is all truth and is incapable of breaking a promise.

Second, if we apply the belief that it makes no sense for God to remain faithful to a people who reject Him, then all of us as Christians are doomed.  Now scripture is very clear that only those who accept and believe in Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins—without that faith in Him we are doomed.  But even those of us who accept Jesus as our savior and Lord continue to reject God and his ways on a daily basis.  Every day we fail to live as Jesus taught us and continue to fight with our sinful nature.

Now I do not pretend to completely understand why God remains faithful to the Jewish people in spite of their rejection of Jesus.  But I do not need to understand it—I simply accept God at His word.  I do not question why the God who created me does what he does.  It is not my role.  As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 12:13:  “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:  Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

But our friends in the emergent and social justice movements just cannot resist their attempts to apply human understanding to God’s wisdom.  They are unwilling or unable to take God at his word.  Until they can mold the character and nature of God into what they think is fair, they will not be happy.  To them, life just isn’t fair.  There shouldn’t be poverty or war.  Well boys, here’s some breaking news:  Until Jesus returns, poverty and war will not only continue to exist, they will increase dramatically.  That is clear in the Book of Revelation.   But why should we expect people like Wallis and McLaren to honor the teachings of Revelation when they deny biblical prophecy has any relevance any more?

In the midst of all the turmoil and upheaval in the world, never lose hope.  Jesus, our King, will be returning soon to make all things right.  No matter what the world throws at us, remember this–greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world.  Brothers and sisters, never forget that and never allow the enemy to rob you of the joy of God’s promises.