A middle-schooler posed an interesting question to me. She said, “The other day, a friend and I were singing a Christian song at school, and a Jewish boy told us to stop singing because it was offending him. Should we have stopped singing or kept on singing, even though it offended him?” Now isn’t that a great question from a middle-schooler?
Here is what I recommended to her: I think the best response is to stop singing for a moment, and say, “Well, we’re singing about Jesus, whose name in Hebrew is Yeshua, which means salvation. He is Jewish. He is the Jewish rabbi that we follow. So when we sing Christian songs, we’re very appreciative of our Jewish heritage. And maybe you might want to ask, “Would you teach us some Jewish songs? We’d love to learn them. And we’d love to sing them with you, if that’s okay. And then would you like to sing some of our Christian songs?” If they have no interest, then ask them if they are open minded enough to respect your love for Jesus. If not, keep singing, but not at them – sing to the Lord.
The key is to show them respect while you share with them your love for Jesus. But don’t be surprised at their irrational objection to the name of Jesus. There’s just something powerful and convicting about the name of Jesus.