Can someone please explain to me what the draw is to “Jewishness”?
Seems like so many people these days are talking about “reconnecting to the Jewish roots of Christianity” and “recognizing and cultivating our Jewish heritage”. Christians left and right are demanding Jewish music, Jewish decorations, Jewish this, that, and the other – if you don’t believe me check out Amazon.com’s selection of Jewish merchandise. It seems that if it’s Jewish, it’s hip these days.
What’s the deal here? Is this just the newest fad? I mean, I know pop-dispensationalism and Christian Zionism have been chanting their “save Israel, save the world” propaganda for a good many decades by now – is this the just the consequent of that?
Or could it be that people are recognizing the vacuousness of the emergent church movement and thus reaching again for something with substance? Maybe Jewishness is appealing in that regard for some reason?
Or maybe it’s all an attempt to over-compensate for the holocaust? I mean, we give affirmative action to black folks who have never been slaves, who were born to parents who have never been slaves, who in turn had parents who were never slaves, in what I am convinced is a misguided attempt to salve our nation’s bruised conscience regarding it’s past treatment of our darker-pigmented brothers, even though no one alive in the US today has even owned a slave. So is it conceivable that this Jewish phenomenon is the attempts of the world to overcompensate for the losses the Jewish people experienced during WWII, even though virtually none of us participated in that atrocity?
Folks, I’m honestly perplexed. What is the big deal about Jewishness? Why are so many people looking into their family history in the hopes of finding Jewish blood? Why is it such a big deal to claim Jewish heritage?
Let me say it: this fascination with Jewish things seems cultic. No, it really does. When you have masses of people obsessed with a culture, a bloodline, and an ethnic group in the way that I seem to be witnessing in a decent swath of the “Christian” (currently or formerly) population, I can only conclude that it is cultic. And that goes especially for when it causes one’s eyes to leave Christ on the cross and re-focus on culture and ethnicity – and it inevitably does.
What about you, readers? Have you experienced this trend of which I speak? Have you any “Messianic Jewish” friends or acquaintances? I would really love to hear your thoughts on this.
No, really, help me understand.