My wife and I just got back from celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We found a nice little hermitage up in the mountains and spent four days enjoying each other and the wonders of the Eternal One’s creation. And while it was sad in its own way to have to return to the real world with all its responsibilities, we really needed that time of refreshment and renewal: Refreshment because we were able to step out of the business of everyday life and just enjoy what our Father had given us; and renewal because it became a reconfirmation of our wedding vows and devotion to each other.
Ask the couple of any successful marriage and they will tell you how important taking these times out are to preventing the marriage from becoming stale and opening the door to disatisfaction and even adultery and/or divorce.
If we acknowledge the necessity of having scheduled times of refreshment and renewal in our marriages, how much more should we acknowledge the necessity of having schedules times of refreshment and renewal in our covenant-relationship with the Almighty?
And if our schedule of those times in our marriage is dictated not by whim or arbitary assignment or–even more absurdidly–by the calendar of events of another’s marriage, but by the natural history of the relationship–anniversaries, birthdays, etc.–how much more should the schedule of our covenant-relationship with the Eternal One be set according to the history of that Covenant rather than by arbitary dates set by old pagan celebrations? Could we imagine that our spouse would see it as love that we ignore the date of our anniversary with him or her to instead celebrate the anniversary of a previous marriage?
At Beth HaMashiach, we have long understood it to be a basic principle that a person is held accountable only for the light they are given. That means that those who are honestly convinced that Shabbat, Passover, etc. are not binding on them for whatever reason will not be considered guilty by the Just Judge, as we understand it.
However, when I correspond with some of my Messianic brethren who fall under what I’ll call the "Two-Law Camp" (in contrast with "One Law" Messianics like myself), I have to wonder if they have really worked out the ramifications of their position. They are effectively saying either
- that it is right for Gentiles to celebrate the anniversaries of their ancestors’ covenant-relationships to pagan gods rather than the anniversaries of our Covenant with the True Bridegoom, or
- that Gentiles are not expected to have anniversaries to celebrate, so they may as well make up whatever they want.
Option 1 dishonors the Holy God. Option 2 partitions the Body and dishonors the Father’s adoption of the Gentiles. If someone has a viable option 3, I have yet to see it. (Note: Simply minimizing the problem is not a viable option.)