7 Reasons Christians Should Care about Antisemitism

2. Shared Spiritual Heritage

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Christianity’s roots are deeply embedded in Jewish tradition, history, and scripture. The Old Testament, integral to the Christian faith, is also the Hebrew Bible, containing the laws, prophecies, and teachings that form the foundation of both religions. God chose the people of Israel through the covenant to reveal himself until the time of the new covenant in Christ, encompassing one redemptive story.

Jesus himself, his disciples, and the early Christian community were Jewish. The New Testament frequently references Jewish customs, festivals, and scriptures, underscoring this shared heritage. For instance, in Matthew 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” This statement highlights the continuity between Jewish tradition and Jesus’ teachings, affirming the respect and reverence Christians should have for Judaism.

The Apostle Paul also acknowledges the Jewish people’s significance in God’s plan. In Romans 11:17-18, Paul writes, “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches.” Through the picture of an olive tree, Paul illustrates how Gentile Christians are grafted into the rich spiritual heritage of Israel, urging humility and respect towards Jewish believers.

By recognizing and respecting this shared spiritual heritage, Christians honor the deep connection between the two faiths. Antisemitism, on the other hand, disrespects and disregards this profound bond, fostering division and misunderstanding.

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