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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?

Mitchell Schwab

Amen, Michaela.

Sometimes I think we forget that some of the greatest reasons for the destruction of the covenant people in the Old Testament were due to the sinful nature of the believers, not because of outside groups. I mention this because Christians, in the name of Christianity have undoubtedly caused heinous acts throughout history, similar to Jews living in Judea, or other Israelites in the Northern Kingdom. We need to recognize that not all “Christians” throughout history were admirable. However, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from their mistakes and reach out to our Jewish or Palestinian brothers and sisters in empathy and love. When doing so, we must be well versed in their own history and biases toward us and sympathize with them. Your responses highlights these issues well and on a simple yet profound level: they didn’t have the Holy Spirit in them. Well said.