Am I in a clique?
When I go into a Messianic congregation, do I speak to everybody, or only a select few every Shabbat?
Do I only socialize with Believers who are of the same age, race/ethnicity, gender, ideological persuasion, as me? Why?
When a new disciple of Rabbi Yahshua walks into the congregation, how do I respond? Do I greet them, or am I aloof? Do I say, “Someone else will say Shalom to them. I don’t need to?”
Do I make an effort to spark conversation with someone new every Shabbat, or do I let self-defeating intrapersonal thoughts paralyze me? “I’m an introvert.” “I have social anxiety.” “I’m not an effervescent conversationalist.” “I’m going to say something dumb.”
Do I practice ideological exclusivism, cutting off and cancelling Believers who interpret The Hebrew Scriptures differently than I? Why am I doing this?
Is being in a “holy clique” causing me to experience spiritual maturation or spiritual stagnation? Honestly?
“On reaching Yerushalayim, he tried to join the talmidim; but they were all afraid of him— they didn’t believe he was a talmid.” Acts/Maasim 9:26
“My brothers, practice the faith of our Lord Yahshua, the glorious Messiah, without showing favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your synagogue wearing gold rings and fancy clothes, and also a poor man comes in dressed in rags. If you show more respect to the man wearing the fancy clothes and say to him, “Have this good seat here,” while to the poor man you say, “You, stand over there,” or, “Sit down on the floor by my feet,” then aren’t you creating distinctions among yourselves, and haven’t you made yourselves into judges with evil motives?” Yaaqob 2:1-4
“The children were brought to him so that he may lay hands on them and pray for them, but the talmidim rebuked the people bringing them.” Mattityah 19:13
For some of Chloe’s people have made it known to me, my brothers, that there are quarrels among you. I say this because one of you says, “I follow Shaul”; another says, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Shimon”; while still another says, “I follow the Messiah!” Has the Messiah been split in pieces? Was it Shaul who was put to death on a stake for you? Were you immersed into the name of Shaul? Corinthians Aleph 1:11-13