During a correspondence with my friend Ruth, she wondered if my community would like to have a program from Jews for Judaism. I responded that they weren’t even interested in the free programs I offered so I doubted that they would be interested in paying for a speaker; but I would ask. Ruth is the director of Jews for Judaism in Baltimore and has for many years been privy to the frustration I feel when I discuss Jew Scammers (messianic”Jews”, see post, What Should We Call Them) with the Jews in my community. Here is the rub; I live in the buckle of the bible belt, home to: Sid Roth’s Miracle Network, Billy Graham’s library and headquarters, Hope of Israel and it’s global outreach ministry and many other churches that have programs to convert Jews to Christianity. They all use the lie that Jesus is the messiah that Jews have been waiting for so you can worship him and still be Jewish.
Why do so many Jews have such apathy about this conversion movement? Are they blinded by the great PR these organizations have? Does the fact that they constantly push what they do as being good for Israel even as they convert more and more of it’s Jews, sway their minds? Is it the foolish acceptance of their leaders by some Israeli politicians that gives them legitimacy? Or is it simply a live and let live attitude which barely covers their laziness and unwillingness to address the threat.
Here is a common scenario. I meet a person and after some time the conversation gets around to, “So what do you do?” I am officially retired but I have two jobs. I am a writer/burgeoning playwright and (so far as I know) the only person in this area of the world that tracks these groups and updates the community as to their machinations. “I never knew about them.” Or, “I didn’t realize how much of a threat they are.” are the two most common responses to my explaining about the Jew scammers. Encouraged, I delve a little deeper and more often than not, the light goes out in their eyes. Those few who do listen and are even enthusiastic about doing something, lose that spark once they are out of sight. the next time I see them I listen to one excuse and then move on.
It is not my job to push people into wanting to do something. I have two self-appointed responsibilities. The first is to keep a watchful eye on what the Jew scammers are doing here in the South. The second is to inform our Jewish clergy and community leaders what the Jew scammers are up to. It is their job to address this issue and in my opinion, they miss the mark