by Paul Sumner
Messianic believers live in-between lives — in between two worlds.
Their soul is pulled in two directions. One leads toward the peacefulness and enriching fellowship of Yeshua's disciples, whether they're Jewish or Gentile. The other is toward the familiar, deep homeyness of Jewish culture and ancient piety in which Yeshua grew up.
It's tough living in-between. You experience the same discrimination, fears and hardships that each group experiences. When Christians are targets, you are a target; when Jews and Israelis are targets, you are not spared.
Painfully, the Christian and Jewish communities (there are exceptions) won't allow you to seek common refuge among them from all these spiritual and material wars. They'll tolerate your presence, for a time. But you aren't really one of their group. You're an alien, a ger, a meshumad. You should go somewhere else.
But God created us all for kehilah, koinonia, community.
It is not good for any man or woman to be alone on this earth. We need people who understand our worldview, our sorrows and joys, who can pray with us, and who will welcome us to their table. We need intellectual and spiritual stimulation. None of us can go without a full of spectrum of food.
Given these realities, there's need for a place to write openly about insights, topics, and controversies that can't be discussed elsewhere — without having to translate everything into the dee-cee (doctrinally correct) dialects of denominational churchanity or the code words used to conceal one's identity in the shul or JCC.
We have urgent need to open ourselves to deep biblical truths that will erode our encrusted sandy foundations and force us to rebuild on rock.
Both the Synagogue and the Church have burdened us with centuries of misinterpretations of Scripture and filled our souls with emotional, cultural debris and treife. Much of it has to be swept, washed, burned away, like dirt and weeds.
Isn't that what being a true disciple is about anyway? To be new people in a New Kingdom under the New King?
Messianic life is halutz life; it's frontier work. Building spiritual kibbutzim and moshavim isn't always comfortable or safe. It never was for Yeshua or for the first disciples.