The last time I visited a non-Messianic synagogue, I didn’t tell anyone I was a follower of Yeshua.
Not out of some scary secret plan to convert everyone to Christianity (sorry, anti-missionaries), but because some other practical reasons:
- I figured I wouldn’t be welcomed/would be kicked out.
- People would look at me weird/not approach me/shun me.
But one thing that stuck with me was, it didn’t feel right hiding my identity. I felt uncomfortable when folks talked to me, because I feared they’d somehow discover I was a follower of Yeshua, then I’d get the boot.
My older brother was with me last time, and I related this to him, how I just wished I could at least tell the rabbi privately, “I’m a follower of Jesus. I’m not here to proselytize.”
Should Jewish Yeshua-followers be opened about their faith in the Jewish community?