I don’t remember where I first heard this statement, but lately it has been replaying in the back of my mind. From what I have observed, it is more than a fair assessment. After all, traditional Christianity does uphold laws against murder, theft, adultery, and other sins. For the most part, Christianity has historically observed most moral laws that we find in the Torah. The fact that we see so much emphasis on morality within the gospels and epistles; this is perhaps why certain laws have never been questioned among the majority of Christian churches.
Yet when it comes to observance of the Sabbath, the holy feasts, or following the dietary laws, most Christians tend to display the classic knee-jerk reaction when hearing about those who keep these laws. Typically, they will accuse you of blasphemy and may suggest “To keep the Law is to do away with Christ,” or something to that effect.
Coming out of the institutional church setting, I can personally attest to the challenges in my theology presented by this subject. I believe the Sabbath, the holy feasts, and dietary laws are the three most common areas facing scrutiny because they are in conflict with the average Christian’s lifestyle.
For instance, most Christians have conformed to a pattern that is commonly accepted, including Sunday worship, holiday celebrations, and dinners where all the classic dishes are served without any restrictions. They sit through Sunday morning sermons about repentance from the sins of the flesh yet are unable to see the parallel between their beliefs and the Law of Moses. They don’t call it “obeying Torah.” Rather, they call it “Imitating Jesus” while neglecting that he was obeying and preaching God’s commandments himself. In other words, they pay absolutely no tribute to the Law.
It’s funny how Christians today can follow parts of the Law and be oblivious to the fact that they are actually “observing Torah.” The terminology in itself can be too much for some people to process. Yet when it comes to observing the Sabbath, the feasts, and the dietary laws, I believe these areas were strategically targeted by our adversary for one reason. They affect one’s lifestyle. There are visible differences that go against the norm. When Yah begins to show you the importance of keeping these commandments, it requires a level of change that will attract attention. Why? Because it challenges the traditions of men.
When it comes to the more accepted laws that are preached from the commercial Christian establishments, the average person has the support of his brothers and sisters among his fellowship. Refraining from sin in a general sense is encouraged. But the minute you announce that you no longer celebrate Christmas and Easter, the idea of obeying the commandments of God suddenly becomes foreign to those among the institutional ranks.
If you have been questioning observance of the Sabbath, the feasts, or dietary laws, understand it is not a coincidence that these three areas face the most scrutiny among your peers. They go against the traditional patterns and comfortable lifestyles of modern Christianity. They require just enough change that will be noticed. Yet it is through these commands that Yah identifies His children. So be encouraged! Sabbath is a mark of separation from the world, and it brings structure to our lives. The feasts are a way for us to fellowship together in remembrance of our Father and Creator. And the dietary laws are Yah’s means of protection, as He instructed what was most beneficial for our health.
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