“If the nations have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, it is right and proper that they should minister to their earthly needs.”
We have political and spiritual founders, and anyone who has any understanding of the basis of our spiritual foundation knows how much Paul the Apostle is responsible for the assumptions we hold in Western Civilization. The sense of equality we presume when viewing the world and identifying “bad guys” is largely due to his tradition.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. — Galatians 3:28
If Paul, the zealous Jew who met Christ on the road to Damascus, did anything with his life, it was an attempt to break down the walls of difference. He sought to destroy any form of tribalism, and bring humanity together as one people. Without that concept, we wouldn’t have the presumptions of equality nor rights with which we orient our sense of right and wrong.
What do we owe the Jews? What do we owe to the Israelis? Well, according to Paul, we owe them everything.
As Paul was going from synagogue to synagogue, and then to the gentiles (the nations) in each of the areas he traveled, he sought to gather offerings for the Jerusalem church during a great famine. His quote above, from Romans Chapter 15, verse 27, is a way to rationalize why it’s important to provide monetary relief to these people.
If the nations have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, it is right and proper that they should minister to their earthly needs.— Romans 15:27
The way I see it, we owe them for a culture that doesn’t contextualize rape as if there might be a good reason for it. I mean, what’s the difference between asking what a woman was wearing and what her ethnicity or religion was? Italian women, in 1999, were told that wearing jeans mattered when considering their accusations of rape which rightly caused a furor of anger across the country.