Many Christians rejoice that Jews come to Christ. I would rejoice if anybody comes to Christ, since that’s what Scripture envisions. We are al one body, and the wall that separated us, Jews and Gentiles, was brought down by Jesus at the Cross, cf. Eph. 2:14.
Yet, some fight to retain their Jewishness at all costs, and even be accepted by fellow Jews as Jews. While not rejecting the continuation of the Jewish faith within Christianity, there’s a strong departure of Judaism when it comes to believing Jesus as the Messiah. Christianity Today informs us that of this debate, what truly makes you a Jew, is well and alive in today’s Jewish world:
What’s essential to being Jewish?
Percentage of U.S. Jews saying the following are essential:
Remembering the Holocaust 73%
Leading an ethical and moral life 69%
Working for justice/equality 56%
Being intellectually curious 49%
Caring about Israel 43%
Having a good sense of humor 42%
Being part of a Jewish community 28%
Observing Jewish law 19%
Eating traditional Jewish foods 14%
Source: Pew Research Center
Take a look, observing the Law, and eating traditional Jewish food, is now, what least defines a Jew in the USA, while at the times of Jesus, were the two main things that defined if you were in the covenant or not!
So, the acceptance of “Messianic Jews” into mainstream Judaism in the USA, should not surprise us. They are deluding the idea of who is the Jew. So if you take the Holocaust seriously, you are Jew? This is like those liberal Christians, who think that just standing for social issues makes them good christians, although they may reject the Trinity, or the resurrection of Christ.
Have a read at the article, it will give you a window in today’s American Judaism.