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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?

AvatarGrace Bedrosian

Like a lot of things, remembering where we have come from helps us avoid the same destructive patterns in the future. History is bound to repeat itself but this doesn’t take away from the fact that avoidance only creates ignorance. This ignorance turns to aggression and the pattern starts again. This being said, believers are called to a higher standard. How can we expect change to occur if we cannot take a stance for the things we truly believe in and fight for? In remembering our past mistakes, we prompt future generations to do the same all the while pointing back to the redemptive story of the cross. If we stand by the ignorance and naivety, then we follow in the footsteps of the servant who was forgiven a debt by his master and immediately went to his servant and demanded the debt owed him. We play God and forget God. These actions eliminate the opportunity to spread the gospel and the vicious cycle continues, so we can see through history, biblical and time, that when we disregard our past, we are en route to making the same mistakes.