Another dangerous element that is creeping into the Hebrew Roots movement- Cynicism.
The definition of a cynic- a faultfinding captious critic; especially : one who believes that human conduct is motivated wholly by self-interest.
Cynicism is the poison of adulthood. We have to learn cynicism and it is a habit formed when we allow the failures of other human beings to cloud our worldview.
"He called a child to him, stood him among them, and said, 'Yes! I tell you that unless you change and become like little children, you won’t even enter the Kingdom of Heaven! So the greatest in the Kingdom is whoever makes himself as humble as this child.'" Matthew 18: 2-4 CJB
Humility and trusting is the antithesis of cynicism and these two attributes are what Yeshua attributes to children. Ones such as little children will inherit the Kingdom. What we have done in the Hebrew Roots Movement is allow our bitterness toward the falsehood of certain church doctrines cloud our ability to trust one another. We can say we love one another and that we want community, but until we trust one another enough to allow true relationships to grow, we are stalled in "loving our neighbor as ourselves." (Lev. 19:18)
What is the cure for cynicism? Forgiveness. Our ability to forgive others, TRULY forgive others is the cure for cynicism. What creates cynicism is the continual lack of belief that your brother's motives are genuine because he has failed you so many times.
"Then Kefa came up and said to him, “Rabbi, how often can my brother sin against me and I have to forgive him? As many as seven times?” “No, not seven times,” answered Yeshua, “but seventy times seven!" Matthew 18 22-23 CJB
We are forgetting the BASICS in the Hebrew Roots movement today and because of that, we are failing our Messiah by ignoring His words. We have all failed someone in our walk and we would want them to forgive us. Many of us need to go back and reconcile with our past friends and rekindle those relationships that were destroyed by our own pride.
“You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Do not murder,’ and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, ‘Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom! So if you are offering your gift at the Temple altar and you remember there that your brother has something against you, leave your gift where it is by the altar, and go, make peace with your brother. Then come back and offer your gift." Matthew 5: 21-24 CJB
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