Today I’d like to discuss something that, I feel is an issue with Christians in general and those who identify themselves as those following Messianic Judaism(or having beliefs similar to that). But, before I get started, let me make one thing clear: I am not writing this to start a discussion as to whether or not we should celebrate Christmas, eat Kosher, etc. That is for another time. Now, that I’ve gotten that squared away, let’s move on.
It seems that the body of Christians in general persecute(and by persecute, I mean put down or shame) fellow Believers for choosing not to observe certain “Christian”(quotation marks, because some wouldn’t consider holidays such as Christmas, Christian) holidays, and instead, celebrating Biblical holidays, or believe the Torah is not down away with. Please, don’t put those of us down who believe this is right. Please, be willing to listen as to why we actually have these beliefs instead of immediately telling us we are very legalistic and we shouldn’t be living under the law. Be willing to let us share scripture with you and explain.
While, some of the Believers who choose to do these things, do the very thing to those who don’t practice these things. They put them down for celebrating Christmas. We secretly think we are better than them because we don’t put up a Christmas tree. We secretly place ourselves above them. Please, don’t do this. Instead of telling them you are right and they are wrong, let them say their part too. How else can you reach them if you can’t even talk to them kindly.
You see, both parties are equally wrong. Both are showing contempt to the others beliefs.
We always talk about showing love and acting as children of God, but how are we when we can’t even show love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Instead we gossip about their crazy beliefs and slander them. How is this acting Christ-like? Is this how Yeshua would be acting?
The point is, if we’re going to be saying we’re followers of Yeshua(Jesus), we need to act like it. Show love to your brothers and sisters in Christ who have chosen not to participate in the festivities of Christmas. Show love to your brothers and sisters in Christ who don’t believe Saturday is the Sabbath.
But, I’m not trying to say either that we shouldn’t tell the truth, and tell people that the Torah isn’t to be thrown away and treated with less importance than the New Testament. But, as long we do it with love.
When we show love to fellow Believers, it makes it easier to explain to them why we do what we do, and they’ll be more likely to listen to your side of the story. Who wants to hear what you have to say if you’re going to show contempt for what I believe in, and not let me explain my side also.
Well, that’s all I have to share with you for today, I love you all!