Lamar wrote and asked what someone like himself is to do in the light of the reality of distinction between Jew and Gentile. If Torah is not directly binding on non-Jews, what to do?
I am mindful that many non-Jews have a strong desire to be with Israel, to support and even join the Jewish community. I am one of those. I would not turn someone away who demonstrates true Jewish desire. I also recognize many Christians who want to appreciate Jewish heritage without becoming Jews or joining a Jewish community. I am thankful for them. I spend a great deal of time with pro-Israel Christians (criticize me for that if you like, or say that I should spend more time with Jews, but I know what I am called to do).
Anyway, I responded to Lamar’s comment and I thought it might be helpful for some readers. He specifically asked if he should join a church in keeping Christmas, Easter, All Saint’s, and Ash Wednesday. Here are my thoughts:
I don’t know enough about your situation to give you a firm answer about what you should do. If you love the Jewish people and love being in the Jewish community, then I think you should pursue it.
If you have fallen in love with Biblical customs, and not necessarily the Jewish people, then I think you need to understand them properly. If they are signs between Israel and God, then I think you should appreciate them without taking them improperly on yourself. Many Christians love biblical and Jewish customs without pretending to be Jews themselves.
If you do not have a strong calling to worship alongside Israel or join with Israel, then find a great church. In my opinion a great church will be small, community-oriented, serious about Bible study, serious about worship and prayer, and pro-Israel.
At Christmas you can enjoy sermons and songs about Messiah’s birth without caving in to pagan practices. At Resurrection time, you can celebrate the resurrection without fertility symbols. At All Saint’s day you can read church history and remember great leaders God has raised up. On Ash Wednesday you can begin reading the gospels and spiritually preparing for Resurrection.
There is nothing inherently wrong with non-Jews forming times and seasons as traditions. Make the best of them. If I were to return to Christianity, I think I would know far better now how to find depth, meaning, and passion there.