"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path," (Psalm 119:105)
So we were at the Wednesday night dinner at a certain local Baptist church and it was erev Yom Teruah. We were in the gymnasium seated at a table, me, my wife and daughter. Then I looked up and saw the head pastor and his wife, approaching our table. The pastor smiled and asked if he could join us. "Of course," I said.
At some point in the conversation, after talking about the church's involvement in various Messianic ministries, I asked him about his philosophy on all of that and whether he had a long-term vision for the church.
His response (paraphrased):
"Peter, my philosophy and long-term vision is simple:
Obedience to wherever G-d leads.
There was an archeologist in Israel who was on a dig and he uncovered a very small lamp. Someone remarked what a small lamp it was and said, 'Why have such a small lamp?' The archeologist replied, 'To see the next step.' I think that's the way G-d is leading us right now, one step at a time. We don't really know where this will lead. All we know is that we have to be obedient each step of the way."I like this guy!
We also attended the Rosh HaShanah event at this same church yesterday evening. I couldn't believe how many people were there! Maybe a hundred? Pastors from different churches were there blowing shofars!
One last thing, a good friend of mine who lives in a different state said that he started visiting a Messianic fellowship that meets in a Baptist church! This is the Ruach at work. These sorts of things were unheard of when I was growing up (which, incidentally, was also a Baptist environment).
Shalom and Blessings to the True Brothers and Sisters in Yeshua,