The Jewish Advantage

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So, do Jews have anything that others don’t have? Do they get any benefit from being circumcised? Yes, the Jews have many benefits. The most important one is this: God trusted the Jews with his teachings.

It is true that some Jews were not faithful to God. But will that stop God from doing what he promised? No, even if everyone else is a liar, God will always do what he says. As the Scriptures say about him,

“You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win when people accuse you.” [Psalm 51:4]

When we do wrong, that shows more clearly that God is right. So can we say that God does wrong when he punishes us? (That’s the way some people think.) Of course not. If God could not punish us, how could he judge the world?

Someone might say, “When I lie, it really gives God glory, because my lie makes his truth easier to see. So why am I judged a sinner?” It would be the same to say, “We should do evil so that good will come.” Many people criticize us, saying that’s what we teach. They are wrong, and they should be condemned for saying that. (‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭1-8‬ ERV)

We (US Americans) live in a culture of much entitlement. Many American Christians believe that God gave us a favored status among nations. I believe this is true up to a point.

If by favor we mean that God has shown us great blessings, yes. But He has not shown us favoritism because we are better than others. It is only because He is gracious by nature.

But, in my opinion, we have squandered this favor. How? In the way we tolerate immoral and unethical behaviors, such as abortion on demand, pornography and sex trafficking, and lack of integrity and accountability in so many ways.

God entrusted the Christian church in America with much favor and great resources. But it seems we have squandered this, as well. How? We are more influenced by the relativistic culture around us than impacting it with the integrity of the truth entrusted to us by God.

We can choose to uphold the truth of God by how we live, or compromise it by our example. But God, and the truth of God, will not be changed nor morphed by our compromise, nor by ever-changing culture.

God entrusted Israel with the Law (teachings), and He likewise entrusted the Christian church with His grace and truth. So, God had higher expectations of the Jews, just as He does of the church.  ©Word-Strong_2015