I encountered an individual this past week who caused me to really take a look at what my thoughts are regarding people who are born Jewish but decide to follow Christianity. I was visiting with the technician who installed our satellite dish last week and found him to be interesting because he was born to Jewish parents who were descendants of Holocaust survivors. How this man came to follow Christianity is something I didn’t think to ask because I was caught up in his tales of serving in the Israeli army and the U.S. Marines. But he talked about possibly quitting his job and working for the mega-church he attends in San Antonio.
But why Christianity? And what to think of these kinds of things? I’ve heard that Jewish parents disown their children upon hearing their children are Christians. Such a vehement response that has complicated and deep roots in world history and Jewish communal history. We don’t get to where we are overnight so these parents aren’t angry out of spite; after all, it’s their children.
But what of Jewish people who practice Christianity? There’s an entire counter-missionary movement called Jews for Judaism that brings knowledge of the Covenant back to Jewish people. I think quite often people abandon the faith of their birth because of lack of knowledge or, to be honest, the faith just seems dry to them. It happened to me and I know it happens to others.
I’m really interested in getting to know the thoughts of other Jewish people on this matter. At times I encounter people who identify themselves as Jews and then they’ll turn out to be Christians that have strong elements of Judaism in their faith. So I usually ask “so you’re Jewish as in practicing Judaism right?”
This is a subject that requires additional thought but I wanted to share this with readers and perhaps you’ll have thoughts you’d like to share with me!