It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are? That was a popular public service announcement for parents seen on American television throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Today, even if the kids are at home, they are most likely sitting behind closed doors whilst surfing and networking in cyberspace – and that’s hardly safe. We know they run the risk of exposure to cyberporn, cyberbullying, spyware and viruses; but online Christian evangelists have – via social networking - given new meaning to the terms “online predators” and “identity theft.
A site like OneforIsrael.org is “a one dollar fundraiser for internet evangelism in Israel”. Their slick campaign video seen on YouTube cites 5,263,146 Israeli Internet users as being ripe for the picking. Who are the folks behind the campaign? Well, they won’t tell you (but you can guess)…
Unfortunately, we cannot disclose our personal identity because of anti-missionary organizations that can harm us. We can only say that we are Jewish, native Israelis who have given their hearts to the Lord, and we are the leading group of internet evangelism in Israel, working in cooperation with leading Churches in Israel, and with worldwide organizations including Campus Crusade for Christ, Jews For Jesus and other organizations...
Israelis beware as there’s a multitude of new and eye-catching missionary sites and social networking communities targeting Hebrew speakers, like xrabbi.co.il and medabrim.org.il and igod.co.il . Not surprisingly, these sites are all linked to jewsforjesus.co.il (in Hebrew, of course).
There’s even a book out called, “Evangelizing Twitter: Tweeting with a purpose” – produced by businessforchrist.com
Kudos to Jews for Judaism for being on the ball. Ruth Guggenheim, executive director of the Baltimore chapter of Jews for Judaism recently mailed Jewish Israel a stunning ad warning of the missionary targeting of Jews via YouTube and social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The ad linked to a recent article in the Baltimore Jewish Examiner addressing the problem of social networking and what Ruth terms “friendship evangelism”.
Ruth doesn’t mince words and leaves us with a chilling thought: “There is no difference between a sexual predator on the Internet and a spiritual predator.”