Monday, February 4, 2013
imagine if Christians did this ...
A Jewish Orthodox rabbi has set up a 'pop up' temple in a disused shop near the high school in Great Neck, New York. Jewish kids are welcome to come in and are given lunch at no charge. But there's no such thing as a free lunch: the price of admission is instruction in the faith - solid Jewish Orthodox teaching.
Naturally, the school is freaking. They can't believe that, having given the students the freedom to do as they pleased during their lunch hour, some are actually choosing to use the time on religion. And in a great 'ha, ha' moment the ones who would have been happy for the kids to stuff their faces with fast food or go to a video arcade (do those still exist or am I really showing my age?) can't do anything to stop them from going to the temple.
In my own town, come lunch time the local shops and fast food outlets are swamped with students buying sandwiches, crisps, and chips etc. I wonder would a 'pop up' church work here? Free soup and sandwiches accompanied by lessons on the faith ... after all, if it's working in Little Neck, New York, how could it fail in Ireland? Gosh ... maybe it's an idea that Christians all over the western world could try. Why not - what could go wrong (except, maybe give young people the idea that we're actually interested about them and care about passing on the faith to them)?
Answers on a post card (or email ... Oh, all right; in the combox, then).