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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Black Sheep of the Family (10/03/13)

TITLE: Traitor
By Jeff Lockshin


What I had feared came to pass. My loving and beloved family members, mother, father, sisters and grandparents ganged up on me. Like an incensed band of Pharisees, one after the other hurled questions and comments my way about my new found “religion”. Thankfully, during the barrage, God’s peace came upon me setting me at ease. His grace and wisdom was for the most part with me as I tried to reason with them within the context of my fledgling knowledge of scripture.
Yet, my always loving grandmother affectionately known as Nana angrily labeled me “meshumed, (traitor)! Moreover, my grandfather and mother were convinced I was a hypnotized misguided cultist who needed immediate professional intervention. Though their rhetoric and attitude hurt my flesh, I felt something good within my spirit , perhaps sensing for the first time that I was suffering for the sake of Christ. After all I had just announced to the mishpocah (family) that I had found JESUS, our Jewish Messiah!
Back in the 1970’s when this scenario occurred I was in my mid twenties. Then it was a rarity for a Jew to claim Jesus as his or her personal savior. My family reacted in typical fashion to the “good news.” Contrary to our religiously observant ancestors, my family was no more than culturally Jewish. Therefore they knew little of the rich spiritual heritage and blessing that comes with being born Jewish.
But they did know some things about Christians. Christian’s murdered Jews in the name of Christ during the crusades and the inquisition. Six million Jews were annihilated in concentration camps allegedly by Christians. And fresh in the minds of the elderly members of my family remained personal memories of Jews being slaughtered during the Russian Pogroms. Thus, avoidance of any meaningful contact with Christians and “their Jesus,” was the rule.
“A crutch.” That’s what it is a crutch.” My father’s spoken observance influenced the rest of the family group nodding their agreement at his revelation. Me, the black sheep of the family. Former drug user, juvenile delinquent, general ruffian and trouble maker found another crutch.
I replied, “Yes, salvation and knowing God is a crutch, since we’re all injured and dying from sin we need a crutch to walk uprightly.” “Thing is, this crutch works for all eternity, and nothing can replace it.”
God in his infinite wonder and wisdom used the black sheep to introduce the lamb to some members of the lost sheep of the house of Israel. It took a couple of decades, but through prayer and, I like to think in small measure, my living testimony, most of my immediate family members have come to know Christ. All glory to the LAMB of GOD!

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CD Swanson 10/10/13
Amen. Beautiful and meaningful entry with an important message throughout.

God bless~
Joanne Sher 10/14/13
I was also raised Jewish, so I can SO relate to this piece! Thank you for sharing it! Amazing when one of God's chosen becomes chosen again! :D
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/17/13
This is a powerful testimony. It brought all kinds of emotions up in me and made me stop and think. It makes sense why they would react the way they did when you explained it like that.

You had some tiny errors like Christian's instead of Christians that a good proofreader might help you catch. You also may want to double space between paragraphs to give the reader that all important white space.

You did a great job of covering the topic. I liked how your ending brought everything full circle. I'm eager to read more of your work.

Congratulations on placing 1st in your level and 21 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)
CD Swanson 10/21/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Bea Edwards 10/23/13
Yay-wonderful testimony and legacy for your family.
Congratulations on your winning entry.