A new survey by LifeWay Research shows an estimated 871,000 American evangelical Christians have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent ‚Äď almost three times the largest estimates previously assessed in past studies.
The messianic Jewish movement has been growing in the United States and Israel, but the latest survey is a shocker to those who track the size and scope. There are hundreds of messianic congregations in the U.S. attracting Jews and non-Jews alike because of the unique teachings and beliefs that emphasize a literal Israel-centric view of the Bible ‚Äď both Old Testament and New.
‚ÄúWe are thrilled with the growth of the messianic movement both within and outside of the nation of Israel,‚ÄĚ said Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, one of the sponsors of the survey. ‚ÄúThe number of evangelicals saying they have a Jewish parent or grandparent is far greater than we imagined....
There was an article in World Magazine within the last six months which described that roughly a third of the Jews in America are Christians. The report is more balanced than this snippet, I feel. As one of those described here, having one parent Jewish, I don't have any need to show up at a Messianic church but I also didn't grow up "observant." I'll hang with the Gentiles, thanks. And that's probably where most of my Jewsih cousins who are also believers can be found.