Don’t get me wrong – I love Facebook memes. My son and I send them to each other, post them on each other’s walls and laugh hysterically. Sometimes my husband reads over my shoulder and just gives me that look. “Really?”
But today I saw a meme that set my teeth on edge. “Like if you want to put Jesus back in the White House.” Judgy much? Or, as Lori would say, I sense a sieve personality at work. Okay. Lori wouldn’t really say that. She’s a lot nicer than I am. But, really? What short-sighted goof cake thinks they want Jesus in the White House? He wasn’t even popular in the temple.
Presbyterian women worldwide are studying the various ways that people “see” Jesus. How do they think of Him? What do they call Him? At my church, we take turns teaching. I chose lesson 3, based on Luke because Luke was a historian. He set the story of Jesus up in history, telling us who was the Roman emperor, who preceded Him (John the Baptist) and more.
When you say history, people think tradition, longevity, status quo. But the Jesus that Luke told us about worked to topple that status quo.
Luke recounts Christ’s first sermon, delivered in the temple. He read from Isaiah about God sending prophets to the downtrodden. Then Christ said, “Today I am here to fulfill the prophecy.” Everyone was super-duper happy because they were under Roman occupation. They saw themselves as the downtrodden. Christ must be here for them. Woo-hoo!
But then Christ pointed out that God and His prophets had a history. Many prophets were rejected in their own communities. God sent them to outsiders – non-Jews. The crowd in the temple was much less happy with this part of Christ’s sermon. In fact, they marched Jesus to the top of a hill, ready to throw him off.
They thought that they wanted to hear what the Messiah had to say. But they didn’t. Not really.
I’m not sure we’d be a whole lot happier to hear what President Jesus would say. And I don’t mean the Republicans. But I’m not talking about the Democrats either. I mean all of us.
Please, God. Keep Jesus out of the White House. I just don’t think we’re ready for what He’d have to say.