ARE CHRISTIANS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HOLOCAUST?
Are Christians responsible for the Holocaust? You can’t help but get the impression that Leonard Pitts thinks so. Mr. Pitts, a newspaper columnist, thinks that Christians are to blame for the Nazi’s attempt to annihilate the Jews (Hitler never claimed, and in fact denied, that he was a Christian). In a recent editorial Mr. Pitts criticized Ann Coulter, a conservative author, for simply saying that Jews should become Christians. According to Mr. Pitts, Ms. Coulter asserted that in a perfect America everyone would be a Christian. She said that Jews needed to be “perfected,” that is, they need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Mr. Pitts says that this attitude, that Jews and everyone else should become Christians, is prejudice and anti-semitism. He goes on to say that the idea that everyone should be a Christian “is, of course, one of the pillars (along with the slander of Christ’s murder) supporting 2,000 years of pogroms, abuse and Holocaust.” He further says that Ms. Coulter is guilty of “open intolerance,” of “hatefulness,” and of a “willingness to speak that hatefulness openly and without shame.”
First of all, what does Mr. Pitts mean when he speaks of the “slander of Christ’s murder”? Is he saying that it is slander to say that the Jews killed Jesus? If that’s what he’s saying (and I suspect it is) then he is not a Christian. At least not one who believes the New Testament, because the New Testament, in too many passages to mention, makes it perfectly clear that the Jews did kill Jesus. Is the New Testament slandering Jews? Of course, the Jews weren’t the only ones responsible for our Lord’s death—Judas, one of Jesus’ own apostles, betrayed him, and the Romans carried out the execution. Furthermore, a far more important point is that every single person who has ever lived, including you and me, is responsible for our Lord’s death—we have all sinned, and He died for our sins, so that we can be forgiven. So, did the Jews kill Jesus? Yes, they did, despite what Mr. Pitts may have to say. And you and I are responsible for His death as well.
Now, is it prejudicial and anti-semitic to say that Jews and everyone else should become Christians? Hardly. If it is, then the New Testament writers and Jesus Himself are prejudicial and anti-semitic, as the word of God affirms repeatedly that only those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, will be saved. Jesus Himself said, “Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).
Finally, Mr. Pitts goes so far as to say that this kind of thinking—that everyone should be a Christian—is one of the “pillars…supporting 2,000 years of pogroms, abuse and Holocaust.” So there you have it. Christians, like you and me, who believe that everyone should a Christian, are responsible for the Holocaust.