Thursday, 10 December 2015
Jewish lifestyle not an obstacle
Unity and Diversity in Christ: Interpreting Paul in Context: Collected Essays,
Willian S. Campbell, Cascade Books, 2013, page 13
William Campbell starts by setting the scene:
The principle enemy of the Christ-movement, and mistakenly viewed as the main obstacle to its growth, was not the resistance of devout Jews but rather the power of Rome, which was able to determine the fate of both of these.
Campbell suggests that gentile Christ-followers need to realign their point of view and recogise that from G-d's standpoint, His purpose for Jew and gentile is not yet complete - we are both still a work in progress.
From this vantage point of faith, neither Jews nor a Jewish lifestyle should be rejected or abandoned by those in Christ, since these have not been rejected or abandoned by G-d.