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Baron von Klutz is a Nazi (and a comical one at that). Although the audience laughs at his buffoonery, the beliefs of the Nazi party are no laughing matter. One of Hitlerís assertions, and probably the most deadly one, was that Jews were responsible for everything that was wrong with Germany at the time; the rationale he (and many others) used to justify the barbarity of the Holocaust was that the Jews had to pay for killing Christ.

There are two major problems with this defense of anti-Semitism. One is that although many Jewish leaders undoubtedly conspired to crucify Jesus, He voluntarily gave His life. He told the people plainly, "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my lifeóonly to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father" (John 10:17-18). The other point that most people overlook is that Jesus was a Jew, as were the vast majority of His disciples for many years. An examination of the genealogy of Christ (Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38) shows that His human heritage was Jewish, and He kept Jewish laws (at least the ones His Father had made) all His life. His followers were mostly Jews, and all of the writers of the New Testament except Luke were Jewish both ethnically and religiously. In fact, the term Christian was not applied to Jesusí disciples until they reached Antioch (Acts 11:26), and it was quite some time until Gentile believers were generally accepted. Paul contended against Jewish believers who wanted to enforce Jewish law on Gentile converts throughout his ministry (Galatians; Ephesians 2:11-13; I Thessalonians 2:14-16). The Jews are still Godís chosen people, although He has extended salvation through Christ to all nations, and we as Christians should earnestly pray that they may come to accept Jesus as the Messiah and stand up for them whenever possible.

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