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

Jonathan Nolasco

One way I can combat antisemitism and supersessionism in my community as a pastor is by speaking about it in my teaching and preaching. Yesterday I preached about Jesus’s triumphal entry and his weeping over Jerusalem. I made sure to note that although Jesus wept over the ways in which many Jews in Jerusalem would reject him as their Messiah, this did not mean that God gave up on his promises to the Jewish people or their land. I said that this kind of belief has led to antisemitic beliefs and actions. I don’t think most people in my church know what supersessionism means, even if some hold that view. I can continue to leverage my role as teacher to false teachings about the Jewish people and help my community better appreciate their relationships with them.

Also, there is a Jewish Shul that I drive by every week when I go to my gym. In an effort to better understand the Jewish community locally, I will make an effort to reach out to them and develop a relationship.