I Care

I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time, but haven’t had the words and frankly, just didn’t know how to go about writing it so that it sounded thoughtful and intelligent and heartfelt.  Apparently, today’s the day and I hope I get it right.  If not, feel free to tell me…just be nice about it.

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I’m frequently asked ‘Are you Jewish?’ a question no doubt prompted by the fact that I wear a Star of David.  The short answer is ‘No’.  Less curious folks let it drop.  Occasionally, someone will press me to elaborate and I’m happy to accomodate them.  Here’s my extended version answer…

I wear a Star of David because I want the world to know that I support Israel and her people.  Period.  The fact that these people have been under attack from all sides for thousands of years and still manage to survive and thrive proves to me that God is truly for them.  Not to mention the fact that my Bible says the exact same thing.  No, I don’t think that by supporting Israel or Jews that I’ll earn my stars in heaven.  The Bible clearly says that anything I do to try and earn my way to heaven just won’t cut it.  Yes, I’m one of those dinosaurs that reads and believes what the Bible says. You’re free to think differently.

No, I’m not out to convert any Jews to Christianity.  I find that charge fairly amusing considering I have a hard enough time trying to do what Jesus wants me to do without going to the trouble of mucking up anyone else’s chance at eternity.  Nonetheless, I have been accused of trying.  Frankly, I’m flattered that anyone would think I have that much ambition.   
The other day, I came across this blog post from Arsen Ostrovsky who was discussing the numerous rockets falling on southern Israel and he asked if anyone cared that his country was under attack.  Yes, Arsen, I care.  I’m no media or political muckety-muck; I’m an average suburban American mom.  And I care.  That declaration won’t get you anywhere, but there it is.

My open support for Israel and her people has opened my eyes to what other people think of the issue.  And it isn’t pretty.  I’ve been forced to reevaluate how I see and interact with certain people, many of whom I called friend.  No, supporting Israel hasn’t made me popular and I certainly never thought it would.  I’d get more high fives for hugging trees or polar bears than I ever will for supporting Israel.  But it’s what I feel is right and I’m not now, nor will I ever be, ashamed to call myself a friend of Israel.

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3 thoughts on “I Care

  1. This is a difficult subject that you have brought up. I thank you for supporting Israel. It is dangerous to do so in this current climate. When someone wears a star of David, people will think you are Jewish. When a lie is told over and over, people believe it to be true. This is what the media around the world has been doing. No one is really interested in the truth.

  2. Wow, I'm right there with you on this. I'm a British/American Anglican that has always supported Israel. In fact, I think most Anglican churches have brother rabbi that trade places with our Priest at least twice a year. We learn more about each others culture. The past few years we have done the same with Muslim and Greek Orthodox. The only way our world will begin to progress is to embrace and understand and respect different cultures. I'm amazed at how people think their thought process is the only way. It's the same with politics. Can we not all have our opinion without fear of our life? Is that not why we have been told for centuries that we ARE our brothers keepers. That which we do to others should be done to us. That theory works any way you look at it. Good revolves around positive, helpful behavior.

  3. Hilary, my friend, you are a 'no reply blogger'. I wish you'd left me an email address 😦 Anyway, it's easy to say we should just embrace and respect other cultures, but that's NOT how it is and I doubt it ever will be as long as all religions tolerate intolerance and radicalism/fanatacism. I'm not knocking what you're saying; I understand where you're coming from. It would be nice for everyone to just get along. As for politics…no, we are no longer allowed to have intelligent, respectful discourse when it comes to differing views. I don't get it, either. I'm allowed to think as I see fit; I respect that everyone else does as well. Sure, I may mutter under my breath that so and so is a whack job for thinking what they do, but again they're allowed. At least I let 'em have their say without foaming at the mouth and shouting obscenities.On a side note, I see you live REALLY close to me. I'm in Lorena.Thanks for commenting.

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