Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I wonder what would Jesus Think ... about the ways we use his name and his image? I also think about the diamond-encrusted platinum crosses that rappers like 50 Cent wear. Maybe Fiddy is just expressing his love for Jesus in his own way. Maybe everyone who wears a silver, gold or platinum cross around their neck--from teen-agers to blue-haired seniors--is merely expressing the way they value the cross, as something worthy and precious. But I do wonder, What does Jesus think about the way we've blinged out the old, rugged cross? ( On a hill far away stood an Old Rugged Cross, the emblem of suffering and shame). Mostly, I wonder how I'm affected by the way our society uses Jesus' name, his image, and symbols representing him. Do I look at the cross as a status symbol? When I think of Jesus, do I imagine the European savior in the white robe with the blue sash, his long, brown tresses flowing in the wind? Or do I think about a dirty homeless man who hung out with the types you'd find on Skid Row? Do I remember he was a laborer? Do the sanitized images in my mind prevent me from seeing how relatable--down-to-earth real--Jesus is? I can have an accurate image of Jesus by digging into the Scriptures more. I think we have to be careful that we don't recreate Him to be more to our own taste. The example Jesus set and the things he's called us to do can be difficult to swallow.