'If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus': 6 Christian Leaders' Reactions to Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

1. Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, giving remarks at the MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. | (Screenshot: The Gospel Coalition)

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, stated on his website that "if you hate Jews, you hate Jesus."

"Sadly, in a time when it seems that every week brings more bloodshed and terror in this country, we should not let the news cycle move on without a sober reflection of what this attack means for us as Christians," Moore said of the massacre.

"Such is especially true as we look out a world surging with resurgent 'blood-and-soil' ethno-nationalism, much of it anti-Semitic in nature," he declared.

"As Christians, we should have a clear message of rejection of every kind of bigotry and hatred, but we should especially note what anti-Semitism means for people who are followers of Jesus Christ.

"We should say clearly to anyone who would claim the name 'Christian' the following truth: If you hate Jews, you hate Jesus."

The ethicist insisted that Christians must always remember that all of them are "adopted into a Jewish family, into an Israelite story."

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