With our uniquely American celebration—Thanksgiving—fast approaching, I want to thank you for your consistent and generous support of my work here at the American Alliance of Jews and Christians. This year we have been focusing our efforts on these four challenges:
- Teaching Jews what Christians do for Israel and the fight against anti-Semitism.
- Fighting anti-Bible bigotry in education, entertainment, and politics.
- Defending the dignity and morality of the profession of business.
- Building Jewish support for Christian leaders attacked by militant secularists.
We are grateful for the many successes we have enjoyed and thank you for your participation without which, little could have been accomplished.
It’s already a year since I last fulfilled one of my responsibilities as president of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians, namely reminding you of our need and asking for your support. It’s time for me to do it again but first, just a few paragraphs on our history:
I first began building bridges between Jews and Christians twenty-six years ago. I was still serving as a congregational rabbi in Los Angeles when I realized that Jews lived more benignly, more tranquilly and more prosperously today in the United States than anywhere else in the world during the past two thousand years. It was clear to me that this was precisely because America is a Christian country.
Yet it was also clear to me that Bible-believing Christians in America are vilified, insulted, and denied respect by many in media, entertainment, education, and government. I thought then, and I still do today, that it’s crazy that more Jews are not defending Christians who are being attacked for holding those very values that we all, Jew and Christian, share. After all, these values were not only the values of the forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but they were also the values of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America! They need to be defended, not just by courageous Christians but also by Jews.
There are those in this country who try to discourage meaningful communication between Jews and Christians, because united we would present an almost irresistible force for spiritual renewal. AAJC is determined to bring about communication and alliance.
I was blessed with some wonderful Jewish and Christian brothers and sisters who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with me as we began building the bridges that would one day become the American Alliance of Jews and Christians.
We felt bonded by the Bible. We recognized that the central core of our culture was a majestic and mysterious book that has never been out of print since Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the middle of the 15th century.
Out of this came the American Alliance of Jews and Christians.
I am asking for your help and support today. I value your time and I appreciate you and the many other ways you help defend all that is good. I know you support many worthy causes.
But if you’re still reading my words, you might like to know more about our work and perhaps help our work continue by means of an appropriate gesture of financial support. Let me tell you a little more about the idea behind the AAJC and its goals and dreams.
The American Alliance of Jews and Christians grew from my deep conviction that despite theological differences, millions of Jews and Christians share a common vision of civilization and furthermore, definitely prefer civilization to its alternative—barbarism.
Civilization prefers tranquility to violence; it prefers men to treat women with respect and deference; it prefers freedom to centrally planned tyranny; it prefers people enjoying economic independence through their own efforts to socialism; it believes in charity by choice rather than in government redistribution by force; it believes that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman devoted to one another and to their children, and it believes that both the beginning and end of life should be in God’s hands alone. Civilization engenders friendship, beauty, compassion, and courtesy rather than brutishness, filth, and vulgarity. Like the American Founders, we prefer a Biblically inspired culture to the sordid stain of secularism and the socialistic society it tends to inspire.
I believe that America’s great blessings as well as the tranquil haven of prosperity she has provided for members of so many religious groups and nations are a result of these Biblically-inspired principles.
The ideas and systematic spiritual strategies of ancient Jewish wisdom were well known to and appreciated by most Christian leaders of colonial America.
This is why Mayflower Pilgrim, William Bradford, wrote the first few pages of his book of the history of the Plymouth Plantation in the Hebrew language. This is why great spiritual leaders like Ezra Styles, later to become president of Yale University and pastors like Cotton Mather all knew the Lord’s language, Hebrew.
One New England pastor, Abiel Abbot wrote in 1799 these words, “The people of the United States come nearer to a parallel with Ancient Israel, than any other nation upon the globe.” By the way his parents named him Abiel because in Hebrew the name means God is my father.
The eminent 19th century Irish historian, William Lecky wrote: “Hebraic mortar cemented the foundations of American democracy.” Here at the American Alliance of Jews and Christians we work on supplying that mortar.
Just as ancient Israel arrived in the Promised Land with nothing but a set of Biblically-based ideas and proceeded to carve a civilization out of a wilderness, those great early Americans did the same thing. They crossed an ocean bearing little more than those timeless truths of the Bible and they too carved a great civilization out of a great wilderness.
Now plucking a flower from its roots and bringing it indoors to enjoy might seem like a good idea but pretty soon we discover that anything severed from its roots dies mighty quickly. Similarly, the great ideas of western civilization have roots too. Those roots are enshrined in the page of Scripture. And trying to disconnect civilization from its roots assures it of a rapid demise.
Therein lays the sacred mission of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians. Keeping civilization attached to its Judeo-Christian spiritual roots to maintain it as a fresh, strong, and influential force.
Our weekly Thought Tools as well as the books and audio CDs we help make available, our daily TV show on TCT Television Network, and our podcast are part of how we provide the intellectual ammunition for good men and women all over the world to deploy in the struggle to defend civilization and protect all we hold dear.
Today, steadfast vision and calm courage is needed to defend that civilization, the culmination of two millennia of Judeo-Christian achievement. Helping it remain attached to its roots, able to draw nourishment and endurance from those roots is our task.
Your generosity has enabled the AAJC to bring the tools and the inspiration to millions of people via radio, television, personal appearances, and our books and audio CDs that today are found on every continent. You enabled us to bring aboard the well-known Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt of Dallas as director and you helped make it possible for me to address audiences in over forty synagogues, churches, and business organizations during 2017.
This coming year, 2018, we hope to do even more. We would like to expand the scope of AAJC’s activities reaching many more. We hope to increase the opportunities for injecting the civilization-protecting principles into all corners of the culture.
With your help this can be done. I am not going to suggest how much you should or can give. This is an intensely personal decision; however I will tell you that for our programmed activities in 2018, we have planned a program requiring a budget of $1,400,000.
This is a lot of money but I have prayed about this and know that with our large body of active supporters it can happen. It is up to you and up to me. If you give us the tools, I can assure you that we will do the job.
Whatever support you can give to our work will be very much appreciated. American Alliance of Jews and Christians (AAJC) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization (EIN 26-07642520). You can make your tax-deductible gift by clicking HERE, or by mailing in your gift to AAJC, P.O. Box 58, Mercer Island, WA 98040 or by calling (888) 722-2441 and saying that you want to support AAJC.
May God bless you and protect you and may we all be privileged to do our part in protecting the legacy He entrusted to humanity on Mount Sinai over three thousand years ago.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin
American Alliance of Jews and Christians