Your article entitled, Perfecting the Jews?
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By Sandi L Bird
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2008
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An article that I wrote in response to another article that I read in The Cornell Daily Sun. The original article was about the controversy over statements made during an interview with Ann Coulter and CNBC's Donny Deutsch.
Your article entitled, Perfecting the Jews?
Submitted by Sandi Bird (not verified) on October 15, 2007 - 1:01pm.
Just wanted to take a few moments and comment on your article entitled, "Perfect the Jews?" based on commments that Ann Coulter made during an interview.[http://cornellsun.com/node/25212 ]. I'll preface them by saying that I do like Ann Coulter and agree with much of what she has to say, and I am also a saved by grace, definitely not perfect, Christian. That having been said...
I appreciated your article and the comments that you made. I especially liked the scriptural examples that you used (Paul speaking about the Unknown God.) While I will defend my beliefs to the point of death, I don't believe that condemning someone else for their beliefs is the way to show the God of Love. There is definitely a reason why we, the church, have a reputation for being judgemental and hypocritical... we've done it to ourselves. I think the following website may help your readers understand a little more what I believe Ann was trying to express...although I can't presume to speak for her. The website is for the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (http://www.mjaa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Spg_About_Home). Also, if I remember correctly, I think that Messianic Jews [Jews who believe that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Messiah] refer to themselves as "completed" Jews, not "perfected" Jews.
As to Christians and Jews...Our church strongly supports the nation of Israel, not only in prayer, but finances as well. (Which leads to another scripture where God told Abraham that He would bless those that blessed Israel and curse those who cursed Israel, and in Israel all of the nations of the earth would be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3) I love the conversation that my pastor (Pastor Eddie Crabtree of Valley Word Ministries in Roanoke/Salem, VA) recently shared that he'd had with a Rabbi the last time he was in Israel. They were speaking about Messiah, and the Rabbi said to him, "You are waiting for the Second Coming of Messiah. We are waiting for the First Coming of Messiah. Why don't we both wait together!"
It is a shame that more Christians don't read the scriptures that talk about Us being ingrafted into the vine (the main part of this "vine" being the Jewish people.) [Romans 11:1-32] Time and time again the Word of God shows Father God affirming His Covenant with the Children of Israel. And Jesus Himself said He didn't come to Do Away with the Old Covenant, but He came to Fulfill it! [Matthew 5:17]
There are many moral issues that I feel very strongly about, and am vocal about my beliefs (abortion, homosexuality, etc), BUT I love the people who are involved in those things. People used a "Reader's Digest Condensed Version" of the Bible today. They skip Genesis 1 & 2 and go straight to the fall and then the redemption. They forget the part that says that we are ALL created in the image and likeness of God, and that God created ALL OF US to fellowship with Him.
Then they skip the End of the story as well...Jesus didn't just die on the cross to redeem us...to pull us out of hell's fires (although if He did that would still be great!), but He came to RESTORE all of the good things that God wanted for us in the first place, Abundant Life...IN THIS LIFE...peace, joy, prosperity of mind, health, and yes (even though we sometime get into a ditch about this...) even wealth! ["The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." John 10:10 AMP.]
When I look at someone who doesn't believe in Jesus, I don't look at them thinking, "They need to change, or they're going to [envision crooked, pointed finger] "burn in he-e-e-lll!" I look at people who are just like me...people who need to have hope. People who need to know that they have divine purpose. People who need to know that there is a God in heaven that loves them as an individual person, and wants to have an intimate relationship to them as Abba...Daddy. [Romans 8:14-16, Galatians 4:1-7 AMP] When I share my faith with other people, it's not because I think I'm better than they are...it's because I see where I used to be, and many times still am. I want them to know the peace of mind that I've found and that Jesus wants them to have ["And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts]." John 17:13 AMP ].
I've heard that the the word perfect in the Hebrew [many of the words translated perfect in the OT come from the Hebrew root word shalem (Strong's 8003- Hebrew)] and the Greek [many of the words translated perfect in the NT come from the Greek root word teleo (Strong's 5055- Greek)] simply means to mature, to complete, or to finish . NOT that one will never do anything wrong again. I'm glad that God didn't tell me to attain something unattainable! The Word tells us to Grow Up as believers. And part of that is learning to love those around us like God loves us!
Thanks again for your article, and for the opportunity to write in response.
Grace and Peace to You (or as they would say in Israel...Shalom!)
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