Jews for Jesus

I was born and raised Jewish. And while my eventual switch to atheism has abandoned all things religious by the wayside, I guess I am still considered culturally Jewish. So no matter how irreligious I may be, I cannot separate myself from this vast group of people who came before me. And if you are a person of faith, I have absolutely no problem with that. As long as you are a kind and decent person and don’t try to force your morals on anyone else, I say go ahead, live your life.

But for the life of me, I cannot figure out the point of Jews for Jesus.

If you are a religious Jew, you believe the tenets of Judaism. If you are a believer in Jesus, you believe the tenants of Jesus/Christianity. What in God’s name (which varies, depending on which faith you ascribe to) is a Jew for Jesus?

Well, it’s a funny story, because a while back, when I was in New York City, I received two separate flyers advertising Jews for Jesus with some interesting marketing decisions. One of them put forth the argument that the Bible is the “ultimate cookbook,” the implication being that Jews love food, so don’t worry you’ll still be able to eat like a Jew, just in Jesus’ name. The other flyer celebrated the idea of hybrid cars, hybrid foods, and hybrid people. And a Jew for Jesus, apparently, is a hybrid person.

But I just don’t get it. Faith is supposed to be this solid principle that you live your life by, no matter what. And it kind of undermines the whole point of dedication to religion to just change your belief system on a whim like that.

I mean no disrespect to anyone who is a Jew for Jesus, but the only explanation for this life choice I can come up with is that a Jew for Jesus is a Christian who doesn’t want their Jewish mother disowning them.

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