... but I've got to talk about this one.
Jack Rich has a great post about evangelizing to Jews. The impetus for the post is a Presbyterian congregation that presents itself as a Jewish institution. Such an organization raises a pair of questions. One of these questions is, "Should we evangelize to Jews?" On that question, Rich has this to say:
First, the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19, KJV)Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy GhostPretty clear, one would think, even for postmodern Presbys in Philly. To deny this Great Commission to all Christians in the name of avoiding offence is problemmatical, at best.
One either believes that Jesus is the only path to the Father, or one does not. If so, then don't we owe it to non-Christians to share the truth with them? If not, then none of this matters, and we're running social clubs instead of churches.
Just so. The other question is, "Should we specifically target Jews?"
So, should we ignore the Jews? As Jews, yes. We should evangelize to anyone and everyone, but not attempt to show how Jewish Christianity really is -- to the point of presenting a Christian denomination in the guise of one that looks a lot like a Jewish Reform temple. Christianity is very Jewish; our savior was a Jew. We honor, in our Scriptural canon, the same books as do the Jews. The ties that bind us are as mighty chains that will be unbroken to the end of time. This stated, we remain quite separate in our understanding of God's plan for us.
I think he's got this right as well. Our charge is to take the gospel to the whole world. Isolating specific populations and treating them differently seems an anathema to that command.
On another note, Rich also finds the methods of this congregation to be deceptive. I don't agree with this assessment, but I can understand why people would think so.