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Will the "Real" Noachide
please stand up (and raise your right hand)
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Over the last few
days I have been trying to answer the slew of questions concerning
my actions about standing before the Sanhedrin to take a Noachide
oath. It seems that I have unknowingly done some tragic thing.
Some have accused me of not being a “real” Noachide.
They may be
correct. I belong to no organization or “club” of Noachides, nor
have I ever professed as such. I don’t know the secret Noachide
handshake, nor have I been given the passwords. Apparently I did
not fill out my application for membership, and foolishly considered
that this was more of a matter concerning my relationship with God
than it was being in the right group.
If we are ever
going to get past the silly and petty name calling, we must all
realize that what is happening is NOT ABOUT US. We are not the
important factor in what is happening around us. God is working out
HIS plan, and wherever that leads is fine by me.
Susan (my wonderful
wife) and I stood before the Sanhedrin to take the Noachide oath
after this past Sukkot (2006). There was no agenda or statement
that we were trying to make, other than as non-Jews we were willing
to submit to the authority of the court and commit ourselves to
follow whatever rules or laws God expected us to follow. I offered
to help in any way I could, but did not press the matter. When it
seemed as if no help was wanted, that was just fine. I don’t mind
NOT being in the center of things.
ourselves to the service of God, in whatever way each of us can,
should not be a controversial thing. I would hope that this would
be an area that we can come to some agreement on.
I realize that we
do not all see the world around us from the same perspective. I am
willing to admit that I may not be a member of the returning lost
tribes. My thesis on the subject may be way off base. BUT, if I am
right; if we are seeing the beginnings of God moving to bring the
northern kingdom home, we can either ride the wave or try to stand
in its way. But, how do we know for sure that God has anything to do
with ANY of this. We may all have to just wait and see what
There is no leader
in this "movement" and we must not be too eager to point fingers and
stir up controversy. The tendency, however, is often to become very
critical of the position in life that we are from. The person most
against smoking is an ex-smoker. A person who has changed many of
his Christian beliefs often becomes very anti-Christian. We all must
be patient with one another, and realize that not everyone is at the
same place on this pathway.
Be kind and decent
and don’t get in the habit of making demands that everyone see
everything the way that you or I may see them. It would be nice if
we were born with our beliefs fully developed and evolved, but that
is not the case. This is a messy process, but if we all clean up our
acts just a little bit, maybe the mess will become a little easier
to work through.
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