The Spirit seems to be leading me to investigate the roots of my Christianity to be found in Judeaism, and to respect God's chosen People from whom my Savior (and all of his Disciples) sprang as well as their re-gathered after many years Nation of Israel.
Now I know that this will put me at odds with a number of my Christian Bretheren, many of whom have little use if not overt contempt for the "Zionists", and I have to be careful when discussing this topic in "Christian" circles.
Be that as it may; I now recognize that many of our "Christian" traditions, holidays etc. are more Pagan in origin than "Christian" and are mostly a fabrication of a religious establishment, mainly the Catholic Church. These apostasies have been perpetuated and promoted by mainstream Protestantism while the feasts and traditions of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) have been suppressed and essentially forgotten over the centuries, while a deep rift of alienation has formed between the Jewish and Christian communities.
This enmity between us has resulted in centuries of persecution and genocide, and is one of Satan's most powerful and effective weapons to wield against God's Kingdom here on Earth.
Prior to our King's return, I believe that this rift must be healed and not only Jews need to recognize their Messiah, but Christians need to return, spiritually, to where He comes from.
I've been a sorry excuse for a Christian lately, hardly ever going to Church any more. But on the eve of Rosh Hoshanna (Feast of Trumpets) I hike up to the top of the hill we live on and sound my ram's horn "shofar" in celebration. I'm trying to learn to say the Shema Yisrael prayer in Hebrew, and feel increasingly drawn to the "Messianic" form of prayer and worship.
I would love to make pilgrimage to Israel, and were it not for family ties would be tempted to make Aliya (immigrate to Israel).
Am I crazy (my family is convinced of it) .... or am I coming Home?
I would like to fellowship with a Messianic community - maybe not a hard core one that insists on keeping Kosher and getting all legalistic as some apparently do - but one that acknowledges the critical familial connections between the Jewish roots and the Christian branches.
The closest one I know of is in Portland, ( http://www.shalommaine.com/ ) ..but current medical conditions preclude my driving all that far on a regular basis.
Does anyone know of a Messianic fellowship, Synagog, or even a home study group in the area between Augusta and Lewiston some place?