Have you found Jesus?
Sun City, Calif.
Have you found Jesus? I have been asked that question several times and my answer is: I didn’t know he was lost. Anyway, it raises the question: who was Jesus?
Jesus was a radical non-violent revolutionary who hung out with lepers, hookers, and crooks. He was not American and never spoke English. He was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer, but was never anti-gay, never mentioned abortion or birth control, never called the poor lazy, never justified torture, never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes, never asked a leper for a co-pay, and was a long-haired, brown-skinned, homeless, community organizing, anti-slut-shaming Middle Eastern Jew.
Are you sure you want to find Jesus?
By the way, I also believe He was the Son of God, Redeemer of the world, and did for us what we could not possibly have done for ourselves. He did this for ALL of us out of love and compassion, in order to establish a relationship with us. Do you really want a relationship with this man? Be careful, because if you do, you may become more like him. Is this what you want?
Do you prefer to keep your present ideas or take your chances? The choice is yours.
This article originally appeared in the Feb. 13, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly.