This post is mostly for my Christian readers and I would love to know what you think about it.
It has been a long time since I have written in my blog. When my mother O’H (of blessed memory) became ill and eventually passed away I let a number of things fall by the wayside. For some time I have wanted to get back to informing people about what is going on with messianic “Judaism” and related groups but somehow haven’t felt up to it. Something happened on our way back from Hawaii that has brought me back to my blog.
My husband, friends and I had just finished a wonderful twelve day vacation visiting four beautiful islands. I was looking forward to getting home (although not to doing all the laundry) and had just settled into my seat for the long flight from Honolulu to Dallas where we had a stopover on the way home. Suddenly I heard this rather loud piercing woman’s voice behind me, talking to the woman in the seat next to her. Normally I would have ignored her but my finally tuned ear picked up the words of a fanatical evangelical. I will just call her fan from here on.
The poor woman who was sitting next to her. At first the fan gave a long speech on how she had devoted her life to missionary work. Little by little she talked about how she had given up her career and only worked p/t when she could to support her missionary work. About ten minutes later I heard her say that she never asked anyone for money but that she was amazed at how perfect strangers, after hearing her story, just offered her money. This begged the question, was she a true missionary or a con artist. She certainly was strongarming the poor woman who was stuck next to her for nine hours.
I tried to sleep and just as I was drifting off I heard the words that always make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up,” ….and of course I have to spread the word to those who will not hear it, especially the Jews and the other lost children of G-d. Was I surprised, of course not. Evangelicals who need to validate their own belief by trying to get everyone to feel the same is an old story. At this point, the victim in the seat next to her said that she was going to try to sleep and thankfully it was quiet. Several hours later I woke to the sound of the fan continuing with her litany. She went on about her fiancee, how they met, how he was moving to Charlotte to be with her and would have to find work although if they could get enough donations he really wanted to join her in missionary work. The poor victim was skillfully led into asking just the right questions that would suck her further in.
One of the things that the fan said several times over was that she always traveled alone and relied on meeting kind people with G-d’s help. She clearly stated that she was coming back from missionary work in Hawaii where she was able to survive by the kindness of strangers giving her money for her mission work. Heck if missionizing brings you to cool places like Hawaii on someone else’s dime, I can’t see why more people don’t do it. Wait a minute! Isn’t that begging?
Okay, I could not resist making sure that this fan knew we were Jewish and said a few things to my husband and friends to assure that she did. Well we finally landed in Dallas and stopped at Starbucks to see what they had to eat (not much). Fan and a friend (not the older lady victim) were also there. We moved to the food court to get breakfast and two minutes later they were there as well. I nodded hello, they nodded back. Once we got on the flight to Charlotte, I never saw fan again. She was definitely not a messianic and I doubt she was a missionary. Were she, fan would have been all over us once she knew we were Jewish or at the very least asking if she could pray for our souls.
Now let’s see if you think fan was a con artist or not. Remember that she said she was traveling alone yet the woman who was with her in the terminal was obviously a friend, not a new acquiaintance. My opinion is that this woman was the worst kind of scam artist, using people’s religious belief to con them out of money. That is why I said this column is for my Christian readers. I may hate the fact that Christians have no respect for any other religions and would happily love us all into being just like them. So egotistical! However, no one deserves to be scammed like that so be aware that even among your own missionaries, there may be scam artists.
I will be going back to my usual exposure of and education about those groups that try and convert Jews through lies and deceit. Have to do some catch-up on my research, so much has been happening, none of it good.