Forward: “Evangelicals Are Falling In Love With Passover — Is There Anything Wrong With That?” With some followup thoughts from Morning Meditations.
There are good reasons and bad reasons for Gentiles engaging in Passover. One of the worst reasons is a “fetishization” of Judaism, thinking that if a believer collects to themselves the ancient charms and incantations of Judaism it will somehow give them a higher level of Spiritual power and blessing that they feel lacking. It’s a sufficiency problem theologically, and a “one weird trick” species of Gnosticism.
James adds the following:
There are times when I get a little tired of churches seeing “types and shadows” of Christ in every little detail of the Tanakh (what Christians call the “Old Testament”), as if Passover and many other sacred events had no intrinsic meaning to Israel in and of themselves.
To God, what is the difference between the symbol and the thing being symbolized? Since both the symbol and the thing being symbolized have the same ontological relationship to the Lord, an outcropping of his Being, it makes just as much sense, to say that Gospel doctrines reflect the Torah lifestyle–and both reflect the person of Yeshua. Do the dimensions and decorations of the Tabernacle symbolize truths about the universe, or does the universe naturally conform to the Lord’s preferred dimensions and decoration of the throne room of God?