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Fighting Hatred: Our Hands, God's Realm
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The Dallas Morning News recently reported the firing of a woman from her job because she had made anti-Semitic statements. The woman, Nancy Salem, had tweeted a few interesting comments a couple of years ago.

In one tweet, she sent out well wishes to a friend going to the Middle East. She wrote, “Have a safe trip Lulu. I love you baby girl! Kiss the Palestine ground for me, and kill some Jews!”

In another instance, she retweeted, “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!” She followed that with a lengthy all-capped “HAHAHA.”

And in yet another tweet, this little angel of darkness said, “Gassed a Jew. I’m sweating. Heil.”

Uh, yeah. Oh, it gets better. She was fired from her job – as a teacher! And, wait for it – a preschool teacher!

The former teacher at The Children’s Courtyard in Arlington, Texas, is a devout Muslim.

Christians have a natural kinship with Jews. Our faith is a continuation of their story. And as American Christians, have a history of protecting human rights, including the right to live.

The other day on a documentary, a man who interviewed the sole family survivor at Auschwitz described what the man told him before he died. This interviewer asked the man, who had seen his wife and children killed in that death camp, this question: “What is the message of that tragedy?”

The man answered, “When a group of people keep saying they want to kill you, you should eventually take them seriously.”

If we think we can insulate ourselves from religious hatred, ignore it, or keep it from our shores, we are as crazy as ol’ Nancy Salem. (She was born in Texas.)

We must remember what – who – we are fighting.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12)

May God give us the strength for the struggle.