DEVOUT CONVICTION PDF Print

Dear Rachel,

I’m a college sophomore.  About a year ago, through a ministry on Campus, I started learning what it means to be Jewish.  Up until then, I was Jewish in name only, and even that with a small “j.”  Little by little, I started going to Jewish events and taking on observance.

I have three good friends I found in freshman year, and we’re a real foursome.  One day, we decided to go ice-skating and I wore a jean skirt so as not to call attention to the fact that I was wearing a skirt.  Well, turns out the place didn’t allow jeans, even skirts.  One of my friends offered to lend me a pair of pants she had in her car, but I refused.  When I said they could go without me, they offered to go out to eat instead.  But then, I wouldn’t go to our usual cafe, having just taken on kashrut.  I suggested the kosher pizzeria; we went there, but they weren’t thrilled with it or with me.  They basically implied that I had ruined the evening with my religious craziness, that I wasn’t the same person anymore.

They’ve been cool to me ever since, and I suspect that they’ve been going out to have fun without me.  I could use some advice.

– Hurt and Confused


This letter was written to a Jewish blog.   How would you advise her?  I was left wanting from the answer given by this particular blogger.

I use that story to say this, “How are our spiritual convictions pressing in upon the relationships in our lives?”

What an extraordinary opportunity for this young woman.  To live out her faith in stark contrast to the world around her.  That takes bravery . . . or perhaps better put, devout conviction.

Could we be so bold with Jesus Christ?  The One who is the completion of all Jewish prophecy and who is the Hope of all mankind?

May we be so radically different from the “World” – meaning everything around us – that “it” can’t help but take notice how wonderfully weird we are!

“Be ye holy, for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:16

– Dale

 

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