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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?

Lidia Stanley

Certainly, there’s a functional and practical dimension to remembering the history of Christian antisemitism when addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s true that many Christians might not be fully aware of this history, while many Jews have not forgotten. As we strive to build positive connections with the Jewish community and cultivate interfaith friendships, being well-informed is vital. Acknowledging the wrongs of the past becomes essential in separating Christ’s teachings of love and redemption from our collective failures.

Though we can’t diminish Christ’s ultimate message, our actions can fall short of its standard. Admitting these failures reflects both the true intent of Jesus and our willingness to learn from our missteps. This aligns with the Hebraic worldview that emphasizes redemption and forgiveness. By recognizing our past mistakes, we mirror Christ’s teachings while working towards improved interactions with others, fostering an atmosphere of understanding, healing, and shared growth between our faiths.