ApologetiX Parody Ministers to Israelis
Mon., Apr. 10. 2006 8:59am EDT
We are extremely honored to have a number of fans who are Messianic Jews. As you might expect, they especially enjoy our "Grace Period" CD, because it contains such songs as "Love the Jews," "YHWH," and "Sufferin' is Finished" (the story of Esther and Purim).
Here's an outstanding email we received from one of our Messianic brothers a few months ago that we forgot to share with you:
I just had to let you know what an impact you had today. I work in a hospital in a rural part of Alabama. This morning there was a couple that appeared lost wandering the hallway with a small child in tow. I spoke to them asking if I could direct them somewhere. I quickly noticed their accent and began to speak to them in Hebrew.
Sure enough, they were on a trip from Israel. I invited them into my office for a few minutes and we talked about the Holy Land. The husband stopped in mid sentence and just stared at my computer speakers. Then it hit me. My Winamp was belting out some ApologetiX.
I asked him if he knew the song. He told me that he did, but the words were different. He and his wife listened more intently as the words for "Love The Jews" poured from my computer. Talk about G-d's perfect will meeting a wonderful opportunity.
I turned back to them and they both had tears in their eyes. They said that it meant a great deal to know that someone would go through all of the trouble to rewrite a song and record it so others could hear a message about loving the Jewish people.
I told them about the love that many believers have for the Jewish people. As we departed I told them how to get in touch with a Messianic congregation in Israel and they said that they would.
I don't know what will become of that seed that you guys planted, but G-d will give the increase. Who knows, maybe a few years from now we will be reading an email from a yet sleepy ApologetiX at 1:30 a.m. on a plane returning from Israel, rejoicing in the time had, and land and people of our heritage.
Keep on rockin'
Vann 'the Rabbi' Lantz
Editor's Note: We first met Vann at a concert in Mississippi when he was living in Alabama, but he recently moved to the Louisville KY area, and we've seen him at concerts there since.