As Abraham Joshua Heschel once said, “the Holocaust did not begin with Auschwitz. The Holocaust began with words.” And too many of those impactful words were written or spoken by Christians — church leaders, theologians, preachers, teachers, and ordinary Christians — for close two thousand years. Words, obviously, have consequences, intended and unintended, especially when they lead to action, which can be for good or evil.
“On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for (Jesus’) reception there, but they would not welcome him….When…James and John saw this they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them….” (Luke 9:52-55)
Your brother routinely makes anti-Semitic comments. Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual…..