Last night I had a very disturbing dream. I dreamt that I was at the Church I attend regularly (a mainstream evangelical Church) and someone was putting a large sign that said "this Church is now Anti-Semitic". There was also a paper saying no Jews allowed. I could not believe what I was seeing and noticed that most of the congregation seemed undisturbed by this. I approached the Pastor - who in my dream was female (I've never had a female Pastor, nor is there any Senior Pastors that are female in my denomination that I know of). I showed her the sign and she was upset also by it. Shortly after that I saw my dad (he has been dead since 1996 and actually died on this day - Nov 13th). I ran up to him and told him how great it was to see him again - like in my dream I knew he had been dead and was alive. I told him I was very sorry to have to tell him the news but he needed to know (my dad was a strong Christian man). I showed him the sign and he was very upset as well. At that point people were gathering and I noticed another sign being put on the bulletin board beside the original sign. This sign had pictures of two Jewish men that attended our Church on it and it was like a petition if you wanted these men to be kicked out of the Church. People were freely signing the petititon. I saw the Pastor again and showed her. Her response was colder this time - she said that this was the order from the District and she had no choice. I asked her - actually shouted at her in my dream - WHO IS YOUR BOSS? IS IT GOD OR THE DISTRICT?? I went on to say to her that God accepts everyone who comes to Him. My words however seemed to fall on deaf ears and the sign remained. I finally said that I would have to leave the Church as well if that was their stand and no one tried to keep me from leaving.
When I got up I went and had my morning devotions. This is a pre-set reading program through the Bible. I found it interesting that two of the passages were as follows:
3 John 1:9-10 "I wrote to the Church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the Church."
I Peter 3:14-15 "But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. 'Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.' But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."