If I asked you to picture Jesus, what would you see? White robe, blue or red sash, beautiful brunette locks? For many of us, at some point in our lives, this would be true, but if we think about it, that’s dumb. And highly unlikely. His hair probably wasn’t combed. It didn’t have flowy, perfectly formed waves in it. If you seriously think about it, Jesus probably rocked the dreads and a pretty sweet beard too. Contrary to popular belief, He wasn’t white. He was a Middle Eastern man. I don’t know how else to put it. And that shouldn’t even matter anyway. He could have been fat for all we know! As far as I know the Bible doesn’t really say what He looked like and it really shouldn’t matter. He was God in human form; what more could we want? Why do we even care about all this other crap?
If you think your vision of Christ was screwy up there, then you’re in for a treat. If our physical perception of Jesus is that wrong, then what about everything else we know about Him?
If you picture Jesus at a High school or college, which crowd would He be in? Skater-boys, Jocks, Nerds, Drama kids, Band geeks, Gamers, Cheerleaders, Greeks or even the Emo kids? Think about it. I double dog dare you. If you consider stories from the Bible, you may be a little torn. Jesus was a drifter, a free spirit. He didn’t really belong to any certain group. Yeah, he was with the Disciples for the most part, but with those twelve men, he associated himself with a wide variety of people from many different backgrounds.
Jesus wasn’t stuck up. In fact, he was far from that. He went out of his way to go hang out with the undesirables. Yeah. You know. The lepers that were cast out of town? Yep. Jesus would actually talk to them. Oh. My. Word. Like, that is sooooo gross. Actually, it’s not. Not even in the slightest. Seriously, guuurl, you is straight up crazy! Whoa buddy. OK. Please explain to me why you just went all Valley girl on me….and then suddenly switched to someone from da hood. After that, when we can finally regain our composure because that was so ridiculous, feel free to explain why Jesus would even give hanging out with the lepers a second thought.
He wouldn’t. Ever. He never has and never will. Think about what you are saying people!!!! If He came to die for the worst of sinners, why the heck would he care what people thought about him. Why would he care who he talked to or who he was with? He loved them. I’d say that’s pretty obvious considering his actions. He wouldn’t have been here if he didn’t love them. On the earth, or with them at that very moment.
What I’m getting at here, is this…. As Christians, we’re supposed to be Christ-like right? Right. So…..that means we are supposed to act like Jesus did right? Right. Well, I’m pretty sure if you went up to a few people and asked them what they thought about Christians, at least one of them would not be a happy camper. They would complain about us and say we’re jerks. At one point, Ghandi answered the question ‘Are you a Christian?’ with this, “I sure love Jesus, but the Christians seem so unlike their Christ” (Claiborne, 2009). So, with that being said, we need to show people we love Jesus AND be like our Christ. If that means we’re supposed to approach these people that society may deem “undesirable” or “unconventional” people for Christians to hangout with, we’re supposed to do it, Right? Right. Good. I’m glad you got this.
I get that this may seem weird. It may be awkward. It may be REEEEALLY uncomfortable. But I don’t really care. This is what needs to happen. Because if WE don’t do it, who will? Believe me, it is a process. And no one has it figured out. But it comes from CCH’s idea of being missional. GO and BE instead of COME and SEE. We need to go out and reach out to these people. The people that look at Christians and think we’re a bunch of jerks, hypocrites, and liars. This may mean the GLBT group, international students, people with disabilities or just those kids that no one seems to understand. I don’t know who this is for you, but I guess I would encourage you to figure it out and find a way to reach out to them. Be unconventional. Play ping pong with some people. Attend an anime club meeting. Hang out in the space where these kids usually congregate. As long as you get out there and interact with them. Take that first step to let them know you are there and that you care. After that, follow up and go deeper with them. Meet them for coffee or lunch. Honestly, I don’t really care what you do with them. It’s up to you and that person. Just make it meaningful.