Which Jesus Are You Rejecting?
“I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt. ‘Cause it says like, I wanna be formal but I’m here to party too. I like to party, so I like my Jesus to party.” – Cal Naughton Jr.
“Jesus is the Christ. This means that Jesus is God. If you’re going to receive Jesus receive the real Jesus, if you’re going to reject Jesus reject the real Jesus. Don’t take the name Jesus and import into it someone who never existed.” – Mark Driscoll
I was listening to Pastor Mark Driscoll’s message from the Easter Celebration at Mars Hill and was struck (at a very early hour at the local gym) by the fact that the majority of people that I personally know to have rejected Jesus haven’t rejected Jesus – the man who was God – but have instead rejected all the cultural baggage that has been attached to Jesus. We tend to ascribe our values to Jesus. Jesus the Republican…Jesus the supporter of slavery…Jesus the hater of homosexuals…Jesus the Revolutionary (viva la liberte!)…Jesus the Feminist. We claim to follow Jesus but pile all this detritus on his image blurring reality. We tend to live more like good ole’ Cal and Ricky ascribing our values to Jesus while fooling ourselves into thinking that Jesus determines our values. So which Jesus are you following? In whose image have you created him or what attributes have you imported into the idea of Christ that may have nothing to do with the historical Jesus, the man who was God? God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, he abolished death, the grave could not hold him, and he rose from the grave.