Monday, November 25, 2013

Let's Get Uncomfortable, Shall We?

 How would you caption this?
The Apostle Paul, that tireless and fearless missionary of the first century, who wrote the majority of the New Testament (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit), once wrote a letter to his young protegé, Timothy. In describing himself, Paul says:
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:15-16 NLT)
The picture above is startling when you first see it. Jesus and a Nazi walking down the road together. And Jesus appears to be doing what He instructed people to do in the Sermon on the Mount:
"If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles." (Matthew 5:41)
Worse yet, they're obviously having a conversation, and it doesn't appear as if Jesus is calling down fire and brimstone on the young neo-fascist. (He actually looks concerned for the young man.)

Of course, it's just a picture. Not photographic evidence. This didn't really happen.

No need to get uncomfortable. Jesus wouldn't ask the same of us, would He?

Why are you looking at me like that?

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