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Reply To: Why is it important for Christians to keep the sad history of Christian antisemitism in mind when responding to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the present?

Tom Woodward

When watching a movie a hero advancing their altruistic actions for the benefit of the innocents, we automatically identify not with the villain, but the ‘good guy’. We imagine that if we were given the choice of fruit in the garden of Eden, that of course we would not disobey God’s commands to not eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Never would we have betrayed Christ Jesus to the chief priests.

Our lack of holiness should keep our knees bent and our hearts humble to acknowledge that Christians are capable of antisemitism. We make amends when we openly admit the sins of our Christian forbears who did nothing to defend the jewish people from heinous acts of violence. Our people committed sins of omission and commission against the ‘Christ Killers’ that have no worse a legacy than those of us who call ourselves Christians.