what my drawing turned into. for whatever reason, i dive into random art projects every time i’m on break… this developed from an idea i had a few days ago to combine a star of david with an infinity symbol… two symbols that have a very deep significance for me and for my life. if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve read the story about the number 8 (the infinity symbol)… and so much of my journey at Biola has been about loving and appreciating the Old Testament and Judaism (Star of David). as i began to sketch this, i realized that without thinking about it, i had made the infinity symbol unbroken, and the Star of David broken up around it. this represents that while Jesus was from the line of David and Judaism is still important, we are now unbound by the Jewish law and Jesus trumps all. i’ve been planning for a while now to get a matching infinity symbol tattoo with my mom this summer, but i might actually get a simpler, black-and-white Star of David wrapped around it (without the vines. i’ve already drawn it, i’ll upload a picture later). i’d love to have permanently inked on my skin that i’m a permanent, grafted-in member of Israel and that God is divinely intervening in every detail of my life (8). more later! also, please don’t steal my idea of combining symbols without talking to me first.
For the love of fuck, don’t do this one. You are not a “grafted in member of Israel.” You’re a goy. You’re a Christian. Being Christian doesn’t “graft you in” to Israel. In fact, Christianity has been trying for a long time to destroy Jewish heritage down to the roots. You don’t get to be part of our tree, no matter how much you might love Judaism. If you love Judaism, don’t appropriate our symbols to make you feel special and connected. Work instead to make Christian communities aware of their entitled, appropriative attitude towards Jews, Judaism, and Jewish symbols — starting with yourself.
Bolded for truth, because this goy seems slow to grasp it.
Anyone else appreciating the irony of this person requesting that no one “steals their symbol” without asking?!
To the two who reblogged this and added to it, and to anyone else I may have offended by this post:
I’m so sorry to have offended you. I hope you know that I truly meant no offence, I simply wanted to share something that represented my journey and relationship with God, and meant it as an encouragement to those who have been following my blog/are familiar with my story, etc.
Because you persist in the offensive activity, your apology is unacceptable. No one cares what your intent is, we are discussing the effects of your actions by taking a symbol that is not your and using it to tell a lie.
To “goynif.tumblr.com”, firstly, I’m completely open to having an honest and friendly conversation about this, but I would prefer to refrain from using swearing and offensive terms such as “goy.” I would ask that you do the same, simply so that we can both accurately represent our faiths and cultures.
Fuck you and fuck your tone argument, thief.
Secondly, the term “grafted in to Israel” that I used in my post is not something that I simply made up and created my own significance of, it is Scriptural.
Galatians 3:7 says, “Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.”
You understand that from a Jewish perspective you follow a false messiah, right?
You understand that Judaism places absolutely no weight on the New Testament, right?
And the same chapter, verses 26-29: “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Gentile. In Judaism, there’s Jews and Gentiles, and you’re not a Jew. The authors bore you a false witness and you are bearing it in your turn. If that’s what floats your boat, go right ahead as long as you stick to doing it with goyische stuff like the New Testament, leave the Mogen David and Israel out of it because they’re not yours.
What you say about some Christians attempting to destroy Jewish roots is true - there are countless Christians that I know that blatantly disregard and disrespect Judaism and Jewish culture in general.
You see a Christian who disrespects Judaism and Jewish culture in the mirror.
I hope this helped to explain my point of view. I recognize that the symbol I created is offensive - but the motivation behind it was to symbolize that not only are the two (Judaism and Christianity) now one (see Ephesians 3), but that the two can live together and respect and appreciate one another while still loving the same Savior.
Your motivation does not matter, only your impact.
How can you claim to respect and appreciate Judaism when you can’t get it through your head that Jesus is not the Jewish Messiah? If you want to show your respect and appreciation for Judaism, keep your hands off Jewish culture. It’s not yours. If you want to show your respect and appreciation for Judaism, don’t claim to be a part of Israel in any way, shape, or form. You’re not. You’re a goy
I’m happy to answer any other questions and discuss anything further, with you two or with anyone else who was offended/intrigued by this post. I only ask that you keep it intellectual, rather than assuming things and hurling emotional arguments, and that you treat me with respect, as I have attempted to treat you.
If you wish to be treated with respect, behave respectably. Right now all you are is a thief and a liar, and will continue to be treated as such as long as you persist in that behavior.