This topic is so profoundly important to my soul, that I cannot even find the words with which to express it fully.
I’ve erased the same paragraph three times…Ok, here we go-
I was born a Gentile. And my mind was Gentile.
Among the Gentiles there is no unity. They are the children of the Tower; the sons of Babel. They speak different tongues- the symbol of their cultureS,
I sought for disciplic unity among the Gentiles. I sought a people, a nation, a community of disciples. (1 Peter 2:9) I found no disciples.
Though ONE is The Rabbi, we crowned many clowns, itching ears tickled by sons of perdition. ONE is The Teacher. ONE the Messiah. ONE Nation; fellow citizens of the Commonwealth of Israel; fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
Oh Sons of True Israel- (Gal. 6:15-16) why live like old Greece? when ONE in Messiah- ONE is our peace!
You used to be Gentiles, that is no more. (Eph. 2:11-13) You used to be Gentiles, now Hallel-u-YERUSHALAYIM!!
The diccionary defines the word “integrate” as combining one thing with another so that they become whole. Interestingly, the diccionary also defines the word “integrate” as an act of bringing people or groups into equal participation and membership of a social group or institution.
When the Messianic-Christian movement claims that Rome imposed a Greek culture upon the Church, they are partially wrong. It is true that by 70 AD there were many “churches” (more like home study groups) that were Hebraic in nature. But there were many Hellenist Jews, who although were Israelites in the flesh, were Greeks in culture.
The Jews that were living in Jerusalem did not like the Hellenist Jews that lived in the Galilee region and beyond. Many of these Hellenist Jews were circumcised on the 8th day, but many as adults would go through a medical procedure to reverse their circumcision. (1Cor. 7:18) By doing so, they were trying to integrate with the Gentile world.
The Hellenist Jews of the diaspora- after receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), went back to their countries to worship the God of Israel through their Teacher Lord Yeshua, and there, they established forms of worship according to cultural distinctives.
Whether being Jewish in culture or not, was no longer important to them. They weren’t even preoccupied with being accepted by the fellow Israelites who had previously expulsed them from the Synagogue. They lived as disciples of the Messiah. The important matter was the one new man, integrated Jews and Gentiles into the Messiah. (Eph. 2:14-16)
That was an age in which secret societies led the Church to express itself as one- to the point of calling its rituals of discipleship: mysteries and sacraments. Like the religions of their Greco-Roman culture, the Church developed priesthoods and ranks- with diverse pedigrees of ordination. They developed a calendar through which they would see the LOGOS of God manifested through many of the festivals of their culture.
If The People of Yeshua are a Nation, then they should have a common culture that unites them! I can assure you that that culture is not Secular- because the Secular culture is based upon individualism, which is the antithesis of community.
When Christ returns to the earth to reign from Jerusalem, He will require of all Nations to journey every year in pilgrimage to Jerusalem, in order to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zech. 14:15-16)
I believe that its time that the disciples of Lord Yeshua begin to culturally identify with the Sons of Zion, rather than the Sons of Greece. (Zech. 9:13)
The Yeshua Culture will be a means by which disciples of Christ will unite in love for Messiah, His Kingdom and the Power of His Name.
The Yeshua Culture will save us from the disunity of Babel- and by doing so, we will usher in the return of Christ the King. (2Peter 3:11-12)
2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)- Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Maranatha! Yeshua! HalleluYAH!