One of the largest non-hurdles for the person who has recently left the church and isn’t converting to Judaism but believes in it’s principles is the new ‘label’.
‘what do you call that?’, ‘what are you now?’.
It’s never easy and I confess I’ve used various titles while I’ve been on this walk, changing my mind often. I could outline that journey here but after some thought, I figure the conclusions I’ve come to will be much more helpful.
I said at the top of the post, ‘non-hurdles’ because it really is one of the smallest and most pointless things to concentrate on. I know I wasted a lot of thought and a lot of arguments on it. The conversation is still going on.
One thing we have to remember before we go on is that we, as humans, are MUCH more comfortable naming things than having them named for us. If you are German you don’t call yourself ‘German’ in your native tongue. A french person wouldn’t call my home country ‘England’ in the local news. English as a language has names for everyone and everything. Spain. Spanish. Eskimo. Sausage. All words I use that are not the actual cultural core identifier.
We self-adopt into something we are comfortable with and we appoint other people and entities into groups we understand because we use our own language constructs. It’s human nature.
Ben Noah. Ger. righteous gentile. Tzadik. Noachide. Follower of YHVH. Ben Avraham. You can take any of these (and this is the tip of the ice-berg) and via different spellings or formatting, turn them into something unique.. something more ‘you’. But really, they are just letters. Just something that makes you feel that you are a) Special to God and b) NOT something else.
Me? I’m a non-Jew. When I have to explain myself I’ll try to use words that the audience might already know but, for the most part, I’m a non-Jew who believes in the Tanakh alone. It’s clear and clean. I follow Judaism and I’m a non-Jew. Depending on who is listening they will automatically assume I follow a certain type of Judaism and that’s fine. 😉 it saves future talk.
‘But everyone who is not Jewish is a non-Jew!?’.
Yes. Why do I need to make myself stand out to the world. Why do I need my faith button or badge to do the job I should be doing via my actions and belief?
Everyone is free to pick their own path. It is hugely important to come to your own conclusions on all matters of faith. Study it out. But really, when you make the list of how you live, how you pray, how you behave.. the ‘how you name yourself’ option should be way down there.. near the bottom.
This series, I’ll remind you, isn’t about telling you what to do.. it’s about me spreading out what I do. 🙂