Discernment is a great gift. It often appears to be lacking today, as we live in a world where we are swamped with information. I am not a typcal Christian. Having spent a fairly substantial body of time in Israel and more particularly Jerusalem, I see things differently. I usually relate well to people from other cultures and religions and I do not walk into situations with a “How can I convert them?”mindset. My mindset has generally been, “I wonder why they think that way? What are they here to teach me?”

This has at times made me vulnerable but it has also made me sensitive to people’s ignorance and prejudice. It has often astonished me how many fail to recognise the fact that Jesus was a Jew. He is on record celebrating the Jewish festival of Passover for example. I have seen how strictly  some Orthodox Jewish people observe Passover for myself.(I have witnessed the exciting celebrations of Purim in Jerusalem. I have seen people getting into trouble for failing to observe The Sabbath too, just as Jesus himself did.)

Passover is a festival Jesus himself, chose to honour and yet we Christians choose to ignore it. It is an amazing festival. It was an amazing event. God set his people free. God parted The Red Sea. Yet we choose to ignore this in favour of festivals,which Jesus himself, never called us to celebrate.

Today I choose to remember Passover and the the people who celebrate it.

Chag Sameach!

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Matthew 26,17

17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”


The Cold War

Some of us remember The Cold War all too well. We know the routine, one or other side gets caught spying. People are expelled. Prisoners are taken and then exchanged. I have a bit of personal experience of all this. We had rented a house in America, from a couple, who had later been deported from Russia for spying, during one of these tit for tat expulsion periods.

It is odd to now to realise that increasingly people have grown up knowing nothing of The Cold War. People for whom this is all new. All they have ever known is Perestroika. We would  often be told of the headlines in Pravda, always of course contradicting what we were being told in our news. I also remember there being strong sentiments, that trade unions were being infiltrated. It would seem many aspects of our lives are now being infiltrated.

I have news for you guys. We appear to be in another Cold War. As in the first Cold War, there appears to be infiltrators on both sides. However unlike The First Cold War, propaganda has a direct route into everybody’s home.(I mean I had actually had to have a short wave radio to hear it. I had used to find it entertaining.) We had known not to believe everything we read or heard, possibly a bit of a hangover from WW2.

It would seem that the game may be the same, but what is lacking now is discernment.