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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Sandra Remilien

Alie, I agree the church is silent. Silence is complicity. The church should use Bible verses to talk about the Israel-Hamas war and should pray for Israel. The Bible tells us to pay for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalm 22: 6. Germans knew that Hitler was killing Jews during the Holocaust and they stayed silent and some helped.

Pro-Palestinians blamed Israel for the Israel-Hamas war after Hamas terrorists invaded Israel and shot and killed and raped Jews, Americans and other people. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17: 15 that “he who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.” The church should teach people what the Bible says about good and evil.

Proverbs 31:9 encourages us to speak up against the evil of injustice: “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Christians need to speak up when we see Jews being beat up on the street or we need to report antisemitism when we find it on social media.

I think some churches do not want to get involved or provide a biblical perspective on certain issues like politics and Israel because they can lose their tax-exempt status.