Christians (those striving to be "Christ-like," and those mature enough to handle the meat of the Word...pun intended) should avoid the items God told Isra'el to avoid eating. After all, those Gentiles in Isra'el who believe in Yeshua (Jesus) do indeed comprise the Remnant, since they are grafted in (Rom. 11:17-24; Eph. 2:2-22). Thus, the Torah given to Isra'el belongs and applies to them as well.
Many in the Gentile Church often ask "W.W.J.D?" Why not ask "W.D.J.D?" What did Jesus do? He kept the dietary requirements laid down by his Father, as recored by Moshe (Moses) in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. And since we are on the topic of asking what Jesus did, why not include Peter, Paul, and the rest of the disciples? What did they do? They kept kosher just like their Master Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah--even after Yeshua ascended to the Father. What is more, many Jewish believers in Yeshua were still zealous for the Law long after Messiah was resurrected as well (read Acts 21:20).
So if I am going to emulate someone by my dietary lifestyle, I would rather emulate the Master and his 1st century followers than someone I might hear in the pulpit on Sunday morning saying it is okay to eat anything you want to put into your mouth. Call me a legalist if you will, but I would rather err on the side of what God says that what man says.
I don't judge my brothers who do not eat like I do, but please do not label me the "weak" of Romans chapter 14. That term is most likely referring to those unsaved Jews found fellowshipping with Messianic Jews and Gentiles, but who were still investigating the notion of whether or not Yeshua was the Messiah the others were saying he was (thus, their undecided faith in Messiah was labelled as "weak" by Paul). Besides, since Paul wrote that letter, and since he labels himself among the "strong" in Rom. 15:1, and he kept kosher his entire life (Acts 21:24; Acts 24:14-16; Acts 25:8; Acts 26:4, 5), does't that make Messianic Jews the "strong" ones?
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