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Reply To: How can you work to combat antisemitism and supersessionism in your own Christian community?

Jonathan Avendano

To effectively combat antisemitism and supersessionism within my Christian community, I believe it is essential to adopt a Hebraic leadership approach. This involves a thorough examination of history and scripture, followed by the dissemination of these insights to the broader community. While the Lutheran church I was raised in was not explicitly antisemitic, it did indirectly support supersessionism. The perception of Jesus as someone who shifted the focus away from the Jewish people towards the rest of the world contributed to this view. To challenge supersessionist beliefs in any Christian congregation, it is vital to place greater emphasis on the Old Testament and highlight the church’s Jewish origins. Many Christians struggle to understand the ongoing covenant between God and the Jewish people, particularly given that most do not accept Christ. Nevertheless, the scriptures unequivocally affirm the Jewish people as still being God’s chosen ones, and they should be engaged with and treated accordingly.