People of the Book, may I introduce you to: skateboarding for Jesus.
No, no, I’m not advocating, uh, skateboarding for Jesus, I’m advocating skateboarding as an outlet to bring us all closer to our Jewliciousness. Here, read how non-Jews are doing it.
ELIJAH stood atop the quarter-pipe on his skateboard, a lithe prophet in an electric-pink T-shirt. Below the curved ramp, a group of fresh-faced skate kids, their own boards under their arms, stared up at him in awe.
“Dude, you can do it!” cried the kids, aged 12 to 15.
“I know I can,” called down Elijah, a 25-year-old professional skateboarder with major sideburns. “And I say that out of confidence, not cockiness.” With that, he shot down the quarter-pipe, hurtled across the church courtyard and up a wedge ramp into the open air, his board flipping 360 degrees beneath him before his feet found its top again and he landed smoothly on a receiving ramp.
“Awesome!” the chorus of kids called out. “That was rad!”
Another skater might have basked in the praise. But Elijah – Elijah Moore, that is, a skate evangelist from Garland, Tex. – and the 14 other members of the King of Kings Skateboard Ministries team are quick to say that they do not skate for adulation or even for the thrill of catching big air. They skate for Jesus.
Now just replace that last word with, I dunno, Mashiach.
Shabbat shalom, dudes.