In an article published in the Jewish daily online publication, Forward.com, it was revealed that former President George W. Bush will be speaking on November 15th at the Irving (Texas) Convention Center. If you would like to attend, tickets for seats in the front row can reportedly be purchased for about a hundred thousand dollars!
That’s a pretty big headline story right there! But the piece in Forward went on to paint a picture of the hosting group. A group known as the “Messianic Jewish Bible Institute” is putting this little gig together for a noble cause (Just ask Adolf Hitler!). On their website, the confusingly named MJBI offers their foundational goal.
“The vision of the MJBI is to bring Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah, knowing their acceptance will eventually mean life from the dead”
Now you may be wondering why a Christian group would publicly target one of the oldest religious groups in existence to convert them to Christianity. According again, to their website,
“We believe the Jews according to the flesh (descendants of Abraham through Isaac, whether through the blood line of the mother or the father) who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua have not disowned or separated themselves from their race and Judaic heritage, but remain sons and daughters of Israel. Gentiles who place their faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua are also, spiritually, sons and daughters of Israel.”
As a sad layman, the best interpretation of this I can offer is. “If you’re Jewish, your only chance of eternal life is to forget everything that you’ve been taught, and accept Jesus (Yeshua), as your personal lord and savior.” And the good folks at MJBI can take care of the details for you. No muss, no fuss Jesus!
Of course, it’s not against the law for the members of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute to gather and pursue their ideals. Nor is it illegal or even unethical, for the former President to agree to speak at such a benefit. The real issue with MJBI and George Bush’s participation is that Bush at once and forever, represents the character and idealism of the American people. Many of those same American people are of differing religious faiths and many are atheists. Most of those people honor the tradition of a separation of church and state, for the betterment of both.
For George Bush to lend his name to this seemingly misguided religious movement would be tantamount to Bill Clinton addressing a group founded to bring Communism back to America. And for those who see no reason for Bush to feel any shame for being a part of this group, you might want to ask the Web Masters for MJBI why they suddenly removed all evidence of Bush’s participation in the event from their website early Friday morning. Oh, he’s still coming, still speaking, and still getting paid, but let’s keep it hush-hush. Surely we don’t want the public to know the former President is attending in support of our event. That might draw a crowd.