Okay, so that isn’t an actual headline; at least not for this country (USA). However, this is a headline that has appeared in several different forms in different European countries in the very recent past. In fact, kosher slaughter was just in the news in regards to Austria wanting to require Jews to register before they can purchase Kosher meat (and also requiring Muslims to register before purchasing halal meat.)
What is ‘kosher’? The word ‘kosher’ doesn’t actually appear in the Bible. It refers to meat that has been raised and processed in accord with all Biblical (and traditional) commands. God gives us a list of ‘clean’ animals to eat in the Bible. These lists form the backbone of what ‘kosher’ is.
The root of the argument against allowing ‘kosher’ meat slaughter is the actual method of killing the animal. Kosher requires the slitting of the throat with a very sharp knife. Most nations, however, require the animal to first be ‘stunned’, usually by firing a large metal object into the animal’s brain, and then butchering it. Those arguing against kosher say that kosher slaughter is inhumane. Odd; – no animal ever survives kosher slaughter, yet it can and does occur that animals survive and are still conscious after being ‘stunned’. However, I digress from the point I want to make.
Throughout history nations have started attacking the Jews by attacking the practices of not eating pork; circumcision; and kosher slaughtering (in old times, the normal practice was to slit an animals throat, but kosher requires a certain disposal of the blood whereas the nations use the blood). The attacks on these practices have always been harbingers of full scale antisemitism to come.
Also, in Europe, as well as in this nation, the attack against the practice of circumcision is full blown. (I remember many years ago when my oldest son was born. There was no synagogue around, so we asked the hospital to circumcise our son. This was in Germany. I remember coming to visit my wife that evening after she saw the doctor. She was basically in tears because of the way the doctor treated her, because ‘how could she request such a barbaric procedure!’ – I must admit, after I saw how the doctors did the procedure, I actually agree – what they did was barbaric! As opposed to our second son who was circumcised by a Mohel (professional Jewish person who does circumcisions). It was quick, clean, and not traumatic as it was when the doctors did it.)
Why should this concern Christians? Aside from the point that nowhere in scripture is the command to eat Biblically clean rescinded, such attacks against Judaism are only the start. Next is the attacks on Christianity… Oh, wait, that has already started! If you haven’t noticed such attacks in the news over the last many years, then this post won’t help you.
So, wake up all! Attacks against the Judeo-Christian belief are in full swing and only going to get worse. Decide what you believe (hopefully according to God’s Word) and stand up for it! And pray for others that we may all stand with Yeshua (Jesus) when trials come.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15 (ESV)
“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)
And be thankful for all things, including that we live in a time where we have the Word of God; can blog about His Word; and can send help to others around the world easily.