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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?

Griffin Weiss

The sad history of Christian antisemitism serves as a stark reminder that our ways are not God’s ways and our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. Every man’s way seems right in his own eyes, and culturally and societally, the way that seems right regularly shifts and changes. Because of the historic antisemitism of the Christian church and ‘Christian’ Western people groups, we should feel a sense of wariness with our own attitudes and opinions on the current state of the Near East. What we see as ‘the right way’ forward is not necessarily the right way and the ‘best’ solution may not be. We have limited knowledge, limited wisdom, and known and unknown biases within us, so the moment that we say we have discerned enough, or have stopped listening, we should set off alarms in our minds and discourse. It is so tempting to look into a conflict from afar, especially one that is greatly concerning and close to many hearts, and want to provide solutions and insights, but the reality is that our hearts and minds are as broken as every other that has tried to ‘fix’ the Near East, and we must be more reliant on God than ourselves.