Jews for Jesus campaign hits new low

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A wise rabbi once said that being a Jew for Jesus is like being a vegetarian who eats meat.

As long as we consider ourselves Jewish — however we define it — accepting Jesus is going over the line.

We could tell that to the folks who are out in force in the streets right now, armed not only with their pamphlets but with the conviction that the two are not mutually exclusive. But we know they don't want to hear our words. And, admittedly, we don't want to hear what they have to say, either.

For years we have deplored their methods, their deceptive tactics, how they blur the line between Judaism and Christianity. And we thought we had seen it all. But as this latest ad campaign demonstrates, we hadn't.

A handful of Holocaust survivors have become the latest Jews to testify about how Jesus changed their lives. One of them, Marion Parkhurst, spoke to the Jewish Bulletin.

Parkhurst said she emerged from the war filled with hatred. Once she accepted Jesus, that hate was transformed into love.

It is not for us to pass judgment upon any survivors. Only the most callous individual would deny whatever helps them cope with the traumatic events they endured.

But with all due respect to Parkhurst and other Jesus-believing survivors, they remain a tiny minority. So insignificant, in fact, that we didn't learn about them until now. One reason is that most people like Parkhurst had fallen away from the Jewish community long before they became Christians.

The video in which Parkhurst tells her story relies heavily upon footage of concentration camps. So Jews who were killed simply for being Jews are now used as tools to promote Jesus.

That's simply a further desecration of their memories.