We have sanitized Jesus the embodied Cosmic Christ Consciousness using our post-enlightenment, post-modern filters to make him palatable for the masses, to make his life and witness ‘preach’. White men made made Jesus look white in scripture illustrations. Rich folks attribute our material comforts to his “blessings,” which are in turn a direct correlation to our “personal salvation.” Many of us invoke what amounts to the Christian version of superstition and imagine our vengeful, wrathful God ‘needs’ a payment of blood to atone for our sins. We have taken what is good and true and holy and mysterious and tried to pin it down so that we can wrap our minds around it; because what we can understand and intellectualize, we can control.
I really just don’t understand it. They call themselves “Christians” but don’t know what Jesus taught. They wear t-shirts with his picture on it, but can’t tell you what the Sermon on the Mount was about. They sing songs about Jesus on Sunday morning with tears in their eyes and then sit down to hear the pastor preach through his series on the life of Abraham, or Moses, or some other Old Testament character.
Source: The parable of the good human.
Luke 6:27-36 The Message (MSG)
27-30 “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
31-34 “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.
35-36 “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.