Thursday, August 10, 2006

The edible savior

Yesterday I linked to this post by John Frye, but I didn't have an opportunity to give you a sampling. So here goes, from Part Three of John's series, "Jesus on the Margins":

Jesus did things. He broke bread with a violent fanatic and invited him to be a team member (a zealot); he called a tax-collector to be his follower and then ate with that tax-collector and all his traitorous friends. He allowed a known prostitute to touch him at an important and very public social gathering. He touched lepers and dead people. He spit in dust and made mud. He whipped animals out of the Temple. He ate lots of meals with marginalized people.

American Christians want an inedible version of the kingdom of God. We want nice ideas to prop up our materialistically smothered lifestyle. A nice, santitized idea of the kingdom that won't get dirt under our fingernails or snot on our clothes or blood on our hands.

We'd rather "believe" in Jesus than eat and drink him. That "meal" creates, just as it did when Jesus first offered it, a response of "this saying is too hard for us." Why?

It's concrete, not conceptual. It's strangers at our Martha Stewart tables. It's sick people sleeping between our Downy softened sheets. It's being in very hot places without air-conditioning. It's eating with people who don't know the Bible or Jesus or Doug Pagitt or Brian McLaren or Rob Bell or Marva Dawn.

Tell it!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's strangers at our Martha Stewart tables."

That kind of says it all for me. Thanks for sharing this provoking post.

11:59 AM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome (I liked that line, too). Glad you found something useful here. Peace.

2:46 PM, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent. Thanks, Milton

11:18 AM, August 13, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome, Keith. Thanks for visiting.

2:19 PM, August 13, 2006  

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