Both in the U.S. and Europe, the Amish have had a history of anti-Semitism, believing that Jews have been “replaced” by Christians and even that Hitler was G-d’s agent in punishing the Jews for their rejection of Jesus.Read the news release in its entirety by visiting Israel National News online.
“We are here to say we are sorry,” [Bishop Ben] Girod told Israel’s Channel 2 News during the group's visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. “We no longer want to reject you or look at you as not being G-d’s people. You were G-d’s people long before we were.” Another Amish member said, “Our people have had some bad attitudes toward the Jewish people and have rejected the Jewish people to a certain extent, and we have come to restore that and apologize.”
This is good news. Christians do not have any reason to be anti-Semitics. Jesus was a Jew and most of the people whose lives are part of the biblical narrative and loved the God of Israel were Semites. We owe this people of faith a debt of gratitude for preserving to us the story of God's work in the world.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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