Stories and videos circulating on the internet tell of four American Satmar girls who have come to faith in Jesus.
One is a rabbi’s daughter.
Jewish communities from the U.S. to Israel are expressing their shock. “How did this happen?”
Speculations pour forth.
“It’s the Satmar community’s stance on Israel.”
“It’s because they are too rigid in their beliefs.”
“Maybe it’s because they have seen the hypocrisy within the community.”
Whatever the reason, what is important to the four girls is that this is THEIR story. They wanted to make a public statement of what has taken place in their lives and hearts.
What would cause a young ultra-Orthodox woman to turn from the religion of her youth to trusting in a perceived enemy like Jesus? Could it be that what she had been taught about Jesus wasn’t the truth?
What if she read the New Testament for herself and realized that the words of Jesus were truly life giving? (This is in contrast to the thinking of some that this drastic step is motivated by a harsh vendetta to get back at her community.)
The Satmar community is grieving this “loss of a Jewish soul.”
Indeed, these young women stand to lose everything they have known. But what are they gaining by coming to faith in Jesus? What would motivate such a decision?
It could not be such a small thing as rejecting the “anti-Zionist” sentiments prevalent among the Satmar. Surely there are less drastic avenues to protest issues of education or restrictive traditions.
No, the step of faith these girls took had to be promoted by something truly life changing for them to risk everything they held familiar and dear.
Could it be they found the Jewish Messiah?
I believe that is exactly what promoted such a dramatic decision.