The other night I shared about the lovely young men at Columbus Circle who were there inviting any Jews present to wave the lulav. Tonight we were in Times Square and saw some young men with a lulav. I stopped and asked if they were waving the lulav or on their way to a sukkah. The young man looked at me and said, ‘For Jews, yeah.”
I looked at him and just said, “Yeah.”
At this he told his friend to get out the citron and we waved the lulav.
While these young men weren’t unpleasant or unkind I was struck by the difference between their stance of protecting the lulav from anyone not Jewish in contrast to the young men the other night who were actively seeking anyone present who was Jewish to invite them to wave the lulav.
This is a common contrast for those who say they love the Lord.
There are many Christian believers who are generous and invite anyone to join them at the Table and experience the Lord’s love. There are many others who treat their faith commuinty like a private club where no one is welcome unless they already agree with everything they believe.
Later in Times Square we passed the Hard Rock Cafe. The digital sign had a rainbow background and said, “Accept everyone. Serve everyone.”
In response to this idea there are, right now, many who are already cringing and pulling up all of the verse they believe are anti homosexual. There are others who are very aware that God called the world “while we were yet sinners.” They understand that nothing can separate us from the love of God and we love him because he first loved us. They are aware that Yeshua’s actions were to accept everyone and serve everyone.
Well, that’s not exactly accurate. He didn’t accept everyone – he rejected those who wanted to make the Kingdom of God a private members only club and gated community.
I would suggest those who think they are keeping God protected from those who disagree with them are the ones who would be on the outs if things came down to it. This seems a treacherous position to hold.
Personally, I’m going to stand on the corner of my life and invite everyone who is interested to get to know God. They can spend some time with the Lord, and with me, and we will accept the Lord’s invitation to come to him.
That’s the crowd I want to be in and that’s how I want to represent the Lord.