- 8 years ago
…for converting to Judasim.
When I announced my intentions he was over-the-moon thrilled! I realize now that’s because he has no clue what a Jew even is. I had a conversation with him about two months ago where he said something about it being Christ-centered, and I had to be like “whoa, hold up!”. He didn’t believe me, bees! I’m sitting there trying to explain it to him and he’s just brushing me off like I don’t know what I’m talking about!
Background: My father is a VERY fundamentalist Christian. Bible toting, gun shooting (hey I’m all for the 2nd!), Sarah Palin worshiping far-right fundamentalist Christian. Needless to say we disagree on a lot. I just avoid it at all costs. Well this morning he sends me this text:
“I cannot believe your inability to see evil and understand right from wrong. Carping about how anti-decent Sarah Palin is. You have been deceived. Is it because she is Christian? Have you renounced Christ? It is my responsibility as a father to correct you. I have overlooked it long enough. Will you listen or renounce me too?”
I replied with: “I don’t think Sarah Palin is evil. I think she’s a very silly woman who has been reduced to a puppet for the tea party. It has nothing to do with religion. I love you very very much and would never in a million years alienate you because of an ex-politician. You think one way. I think another. Such is life. If I were you I’d be proud to have raised a daughter capable of forming her own opinion. And by the way I have a very good understand of right from wrong. My moral center is in no way skewed. But I thought you understood that there is no Christ in Judaism. I tried to tell you. Great man. Great prophet. Not the savior.”
Dad: “He is the savior. You have been deceived. All the old testament prophets foretold of the coming messiah. There is no other name under heaven given to men by which they may be saved but the name of Jesus. The world has always hated him. Do not seek the approval of man. Seek him and he will show you the truth. As surely as the god of israel lives I have spoken truth to you this day!”
Me: “Y’all should come sometime this spring to service and Shabbat dinner. See what it’s like.”
Dad: “No there is a place for the law. The jewish people are precious but not at the expense of Christ. Israel is fast approaching a revival that will be Christ centered and bring them into total alignment with their destiny as jehovah’s people. Heed your fathers words.”
Me: “I’m sorry I don’t know who told you that, but that is definitely a lie.”
Dad: “Today I weep for my daughter.”
Well, bees, this is it! Shit has hit the fan! I knew this was coming when I realized how ignorant my father is concerning Judaism. And for those wondering “How could he not know??” Well–he’s from a very small town in east Texas, and the only Jew he’s ever know is a Christian preacher of Jewish descent (a wonderful man, but not a Jew, nonetheless.). Also my dad doesn’t experience life or thought beyond what Bill O’Reilly tells him is appropriate. It’s sad, really.