There has been much talk in the Christian media about the rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere in recent years with comparisons being made with the 1930s and the rise of Nazi Germany. Well something has happened that has not been seen since the 1930s. Britain has just won the Davis Cup (the “World Cup of tennis) for the first time since 1936. What’s the connection? None whatsoever as far as I am concerned. So why have I mentioned them as if there is? Precisely because it is very easy to make apparent connections that seem as if they are. One could try and contrive a connection. The Davis Cup final took place in Ghent, Belgium, which by coincidence has had its capital, Brussels, in lock down fearing a terrorist attack and synagogues are guarded by parastroopers. These days Anti-Semitism as more likely to come from an Islamic or left-wing source rather than a Fascist or right-wing one. So when we try and make connections we have to understand the differences as well as the similarities. Wisdom is required to recognise spurious coincidences. Having said that it has been that there are no such things as coincidences only ‘God incidences.’ I think there are dangers in taking that idea to an extreme, just as you do not need to be a hyper-Calvinist to believe in pre-destination, one does not need to attach significance to random events just because you believe that God is in ultimate control. Anyway the main reason Britain has not won the Davis Cup for so long is that British male tennis players have lagged behind the competition for decades and it took Andy Murray and his brother Jamie to give Britain a realistic chance of winning. It is just that sometimes we have to use discernment by applying a bit of common sense.
David Rose, 2015.