Although this doesn’t win me any friends, and although it gets me discounted as a sourpuss and a cynic, I am one of those people who believes that the Messianic Jewish Movement is, for the most part, failing. This doesn’t mean everyone is failing, that every congregation is failing, that failure is all we find everywhere, but in general, the Messianic Jewish Movement is failing.
Now one of the best ways to avoid failure, or at least to avoid knowing that you are failing is to simply avoid naming what you are up to, what goal it is to which you will hold yourself accountable, or better yet, to which God holds you accountable. As long as you can avoid being explicit about the goal, you cannot fail.
Another way to avoid judging the Movement to be a failure is to have such a bundle of diverse purposes represented under the Big Tent that lots of people are succeeding on their own terms and you really cannot judge the movement a failure because there is no overriding criteron by which that failure might be measured.
But I think the rewards of avoiding failure in this manner are outweighed by the dire consequences of failing to accomplish what God expects of us.
And that is the crux of the matter.
It is clear to me, that within the boundaries I set in my first paragraph, the Messianic Jewish movement is getting better and better at failing to accomplish God’s will for this movement. And I will defend my premise in a series of postings to follow this one.
But as a preamble to it all, let me say this: It’s not the Gentiles’ fault. Yes our movement is now predominantly Gentile, but the fault for the movement’s generalized failure is not theirs. You who are Gentiles out there are simply seeking what you want from the movement, seeking to have your needs met as you understand them, and seeking to serve God as you see fit. Who can fault you for that? The failure of the movement is not, at bottom, your fault.
The fault lies elsewhere.
And if you want to know what I think on the matter, follow my postings for the next week or so. I will state and defend my position succinctly in a series of post on a daily basis.
But prior to that, please add your comments to this post by answering ONE question in ONE sentence:
Answer this question in one sentence:
“For what unique purpose did God raise up the Messianic Jewish Movement?”
Answer that question in ONE sentence. Criticisms of other positions, negative diatribes and soap-box preaching of any kind will be removed. Simply answer that one question in one sentence.
Of course, imbedded in that question is an assumption I am making: that God raised up the Messianic Jewish Movement for a purpose, and that it is not simply the product of social/political/philosophical trends. Please accept my premise for the purpose of this series: that God raised up this movement for a purpose, and that [another premise] we should apply ourselves to achieving that purpose.
And tune in tomorrow for the next installment in this important series.