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Leaving colonized faith requires embodying the belief that every person is made in the image of God, regardless of your politics or policy preferences. We must be oriented toward the flourishing of “the other,” not their destruction or demise. We long for the end of violence and oppression. Right now, that longing is directed at God’s image bearers in Palestine.
Here are a couple things you can do to try and help make that longing a reality. Click here to sign an open letter from Palestinian Christians calling Zionist Western church leaders to repentance. Click here to find a protest for Palestine near you. And here is the Churches for Middle East Peace’s page where you can contact your congressional representative to ask them to support a ceasefire.
And now, to this week’s highlights to help us leave colonized faith for the kingdom of God.
In this podcast interview, philosopher Dr. David Livingstone Smith argues that dehumanization is a crucial step toward genocide and other forms of mass violence. He lays out how we create and disseminate dehumanizing narratives with a focus on lynching in the US. Colonial powers have always named entire populations as subhuman or demonic in order to seize their land and destroy or dispossess them. With the terrorism against Israelis and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians—in a world full of antisemitism, islamophobia, and White supremacy—knowing how to humanize Jewish and Palestinian people is essential work. If we are to pursue peacemaking, we must resist dehumanizing our human family.
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