Syncretism is a very troubling problem that has plagued Christianity since the earliest days
of the Jesus Movement. It seems that syncretism is a human condition that goes all the
way back to Adam and Eve! As we have studied and focused on the peoples, cultures and
nations that make up our history as it is recorded in the Bible, maybe we should take an
assessment of who we are and the job that we have done here in these modern times. It is
impossible to study the “Old Testament” or the “Tanakh” as it is called in Judaism without
seeing all the failings of those who have preceded us. God wants us to see and to learn
from our lineage; not to condemn or to belittle the Chosen of history (and of all Eternity).
Those precious words, our Holy Scriptures, are there for us to see and recognize that we
also are all too often just as weak. How would we appear, in the eyes of the whole universe,
if we were compared with King Jehu of the Northern Kingdom of Israel? He was the king
who destroyed the dynasty that brought pure Baal worship to the people. He was the king
who brought back the God of Israel to the people. But, he was the king who didn’t go far
enough.He brought back worship of God with the ways of Baal!
Where are we today as a movement? Where are we as representatives of the One True
God? Is our religious observance as pure as what is required? That is a question for you
as an individual as well as a member of the larger movement. As for me, this Christian
shall continue observing the appointed times of the Lord. Passover starts this afternoon
and the Feast of Unleaven Bread begins at sundown. I shall observe the Early First Fruits
on the third day.