I can understand the Christians in the Austin Messianic community who want to ostracize me and run my name through the mud under the guise of “protecting” others who may be vulnerable (some are going so far as to call as many people on their lists as they can to talk about me and my recent rejection of Jesus/Yeshua as messiah). I can also understand their huddling together like lost sheep trying to continue on with a few very green pseudo-leaders at the helm who are trying to protect and steer the “scattered flock.”
But I don’t understand and cannot excuse the cruelties they have committed against my godly wife. One of the former elders of the community is sending demand emails for his charity monies to be returned at my own personal expense. Never mind he is clueless about non-profit law–has he considered the effect this would have on my pregnant wife and child? Another elder in the community comes face to face with my wife at the Kosher Randalls in town and shuns her. All he can do is stare her down. This same man is the ring leader who has taken it upon himself to make this call-list and to get in touch with folks (to commit lashon hara) and he hasn’t even spoken to me and my wife to get all the facts. Rather than judging us fairly, he assumes I have ill intent (which is idiotic–I’m going into Orthodox Judaism–we don’t proselytize). Rather than consider that my wife is still a believer in Yeshu (a fact that he is well aware of), and treat her as a “sister,” he punishes her right along with me. There are no courtesy calls to ask for clarity. No words of love or encouragement. No pleas to repent. No offers to comfort my wife. She gets blacklisted right along with me as if she too is a heretic.
I’ve even made it clear publicly that I will continue to influence her to shed her belief in Jesus and none of them have lifted a finger to assist her or advise her. Yes, these are Christ-followers in modern times at their finest hour. These are of the same ilk who murdered and persecuted Jews for rejecting their misguided “savior.” These are not children of Abraham. Their fathers are the Goyim who ran the Shoah. How do I know? Because I have heard some of them confess that they believe Jews are under the Mosaic covenant and therefore have a share in Olam Haba (the World to Come). Why are they concerned about me then? Why do they need to be so angry and persecute? Shouldn’t they be able to control their fears and rationally deal with my wife? No, they cannot. To paraphrase their master: they will be known by their fruit…and the fools have built their houses upon sand.
Yeshu meant well but he was wrong. He died and his good intentions went to the grave with him. But if any of his teachings have merit (and some do) his followers should try to practice them a little better. If they had any chutzpah, they’d call that list of theirs again to confess their wrongdoings and make it right with my wife, at the least.
And may her eyes be open to the truth of the Shema so that she will proclaim with clarity and tranquility the Oneness of Hashem along with the Jewish nation.