We have been anxiously awaiting the release of The Way, a documentary about the global movement away from Christian tradition and toward a lifestyle that more accurately reflects Scripture and Yeshua! Well, yesterday, our home fellowship opened with worship, prayer and the Shema, then instead of our normal Scripture/Torah midrash, we watched the doco via a pre-release streaming link.
Everybody in the room loved the film. Our main complaint might be that there was not enough of it, but at an hour and 27 minutes, it does a terrific job of covering a very broad and detailed topic with balanced exposure that is both compassionate, sensitive and at times screaming funny. (There was some debate as to whether the clip with the gentleman telling about circumcising himself should have been in there or not… 😲 But, that was rolling on the floor funny! Nobody will EVER question his seriousness….)
Luke and Kayte set out to tell the story of a great awakening that is happening across the globe as Christians of every stripe are independently turning to the Torah as God’s everlasting standard of righteousness, THE standard that Yeshua lived and taught and was exampled by all of the Apostles, including Paul. In telling the story, Luke and Kayte do a good job of allowing the Christian Church’s position to be heard through a number of voices.
The Messianic/Hebrew roots perspective is well explained and presented through both familiar and unfamiliar faces. Names such as Brad Scott, Arthur Bailey, Zac Bauer, Steve Moutria and Rob Skiba among others tell their own stories and present evidence for why this movement is exploding and why every Christian needs to seriously re-evaluate some of their inherited traditions. More enjoyable than the known faces was the plethora of unknowns who add to the conversation giving evidence that it is the next door neighbor, crying out to God who is being answered with truth from Scripture by the Holy Spirit.
Several of the basic questions The Way sets out to answer are,
– If Jesus lived a perfect life, why do modern-day Christians live so differently from Him, in everything from our diet to our dress to our holidays and day of worship?
– If God never changes, why is His moral code for modern-day believers different from the one He gave everyone in the Old Testament?
– Why do we see the apostles observing Passover and other biblical festivals that are nowhere to be found in our modern day church?
Having seen this pre-release, I cannot wait for the dvds I pre-ordered to arrive! Not only do I want to see this video again to absorb more of the rapid-fire clips covering the material, but I also plan to use this dvd as a terrific tool to hand to others who are asking questions. A very short conversation can open the door and then this dvd will really cause people to think without me potentially being offensive. There are many who might not read a book, my favorite being Christianity Reconsidered, but they will watch a dvd. The Way is the one I want to hand them.