An interfaith conversation in Iraq leads Steve Torgerson to an understanding of the need for grace.

“A retreat at Camp Victory was Saturday morning Bible Study. In addition to the troops attending, was a translator, born and raised in Baghdad.  It was an intimate group so I didn’t fear to inquire, “Waafa, why do Arabs hate the Jews so much?”

She was energetic, by nature, but my question put her on the edge of her seat. “I’ll tell you why Arabs hate the Jews so much, You can ask any Arab in any place and they’ll give you the same answer — we hate the Jews because they say they are God’s people!  And, if they’re God’s people, what does that make the rest of us?”  I was stunned, “That’s it,” I thought, “This goes back to Cain and Abel — who does Daddy love best?”” More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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