Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…where there is hatred, let me sow love.
This prayer, attributed to the 12th/13th century Saint Francis of Assisi, came to mind when I heard about the spate of bomb threats to Jewish communities across the country last week. And now, this deplorable behavior has found its way to the territory of this synod: the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis received a bomb threat on Monday, February 27. This behavior, like all hateful, threatening, or violent actions that target individuals, as well as a whole group of human beings, is simply wrong. It’s sinful. It needs to be called out, confronted, and corrected as much as it is in our power to do so. In doing so, we stand in solidarity and support with our Jewish sisters and brothers.
But that’s not enough.