But, given my belief in Christ--the Messiah who rode an ass--the Jews were the Chosen Ones.
(And I believe I can make a compelling case for their having held exactly that "special status" among the rest.)
It's just that the continued operation of "Chosen Ones" absent the incarnation of Jesus -- the Jew -- as Christ leaves them forever distanced somehow from the rest of the family of man (and susceptible to being used in a most calculated fashion, IMHO).
I cannot be a Christian without acknowledging the essential truth of the Jewish tradition and the absolute truth of their having been the Chosen People.
That said -- and though it's not for me to force my beliefs on another or fail to respect a man who loves and is obedient to the truth he knows (rather than culling and governing it as necessary for his own "personal values") -- it's almost painful there is no genuine avenue for, much less interest in, proselytization.
There is no way for me to become a Jew. At the essential heart of the matter, then, there is no way for me ever truly to be equal in the eyes of God.
How can that be true?
How can that be true? Its not. The opposite is true. According to Christianity, non Christians are not equals in the eyes of God. One absolutely has to become a Christians in order to achieve salvation. Judaism how ever doesn't emphasize the afterlife, etc. What we do here on earch is what's really important. As for "chosen", you have a common misconception.
"Chosen" doesn't mean "privileged" or "entitled." It refers to a unique covenant that you have with G-d. This is responsibility. For example. Gentiles have to follow the 10 commandments, while Jews had to follow something like 600+ (half of which had to do with the Temple that was destroyed and therefore can't be excersised any longer).