There is no more honest way to face it than this: Messianic culture is weird and none of us are the least bit surprised. Beyond the oddities that one expects to find in a non-mainstream culture, there is undoubtedly a pervading sense of collective peculiarity.
Our atypical nature is not by any means a wholly bad thing, nor is it always good. If anything, it is reliably entertaining. The people of Messianic Judaism must be willing to enthusiastically engage in a religion that exists in a theological no-man’s land. As a result, we have a highly developed ability to ignore the expectations of the general public. Our willingness to be unashamedly different is both beautiful and occasionally hilarious.
With our above average number of idiosyncrasies, certain habits have become common trends among Messianic communities. To anyone who knows the Messianic scene, these cultural phenomena are familiar and all too predictable. So, what better way to celebrate our vibrant culture than through some loving, self-deprecating humor? Messianic Matching Cards, a free, online game created by FFOZ staff teacher Aaron Eby, randomly pairs common Messianic experiences into humorous sentences and reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. Here are some examples:
Try pairing up some Messianic Matching Cards and see what hilarious combinations you discover. And remember, we may be strange, but we’re all strange together.