The Loudmouth Protestant

April 2, 2009

Rethinking the Mitzvah Tank: A Christ Caravan

Filed under: Jesus — nickisym @ 4:15 pm
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This afternoon, as I was sitting at my desk finishing lunch, I heard loud music blaring from a vehicle in the street. It wasn’t the latest hip-hop song–trust it does happen on Park Avenue–it was actually a whimsical melody. I left my cube to find the music and as I stared out the window, there was the source of the sound. The source that comes around at every time this year to helps Jews on the go. That’s right, the Mitzvah Tank. This vehicle operated by Orthodox Jews is an outreach for secular and alienated Jews to promote the practice of traditional Judaism to Jews.

I was utterly fascinated by this, having seen them in the city for the last 2 years but never really having anyone break it down for me. I watched intently for about 20 minutes as the volunteers combed the street religiously profiling people, asking if they are Jews, asking if they have a  Passover seder to attend, passing out shmura matzo and Passover candles and talking into the tank’s intercom. In the midst of this, I was getting My Jewish Learning from my colleagues. It was all so amazing to me and then I thought, wait a minute, “Why don’t Christians have a caravan that travels around the city?”

We could load up a few good Christian soldiers to go into the city with bottles of water, loaves of bread, fish and Bibles and stop on random corners blasting John 3:16 is musical form. People would come to see where the sound is coming from and stay to find out  about Jesus. The caravan would be there to plant seeds. We’ll force nothing on no one. We won’t religiously profile, we’ll just let the sounds and scents draw them to us. And the Christ Caravan will serve a tri-fold purpose by not only spreading the Good News but feeding the poor and clothing the naked.




  1. hmmm is right…arguably there are those that do do this. but it is time to get more blatant. I applaud them for sticking to what they believe. as usual, u give us something to ponder on…

    Comment by missifyjd — April 3, 2009 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  2. Yeah I just really liked the idea of making mobile what we’ve been trying to do on foot for years and doing it in a way that would appeal to people’s senses, i.e. free stuff.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — April 3, 2009 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

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