Today’s Sermon on the door of the Fridge is about Jesus. To be even more specific it’s about your Jesus.
What is your Jesus like? What does Christlike mean to you? I ask because there are very different versions of Jesus in the scriptures and in people’s minds.
Is yours the ‘love one another as I have loved you’ hippy Jesus? Or is yours the one that got pissed at the capitalists making money in temples?
Maybe you like how Jesus told people to hate your mom in Luke 14:26. But I doubt it. Because more often than not the term Christlike in the context I see it used is the hippy Jesus version. You know, the one that told the rich guy to sell all his stuff and give it to the poor.
Using this definition it seems to me that atheists are often the most Christlike people I know. After all the religious right in today’s political movements sure seems to freak out when it comes to selling people cakes if they happen to be gay. How can you claim you love a person when you won’t even let them hire you to bake a cake for their wedding? Doesn’t seem very Christlike to me. The more atheists I meet, the more loving and kind people I know. It’s almost as if they believe this life is all we got so we should make it as good as possible for as many people possible.
One other option is the believers that claim they are doing what the savior wants when they condemn others that don’t fit their mold actually adhere to the ‘sword Jesus’ version of Christ (Matt 10:34) and want the bloody end of the world to happen as soon as possible just so they can say ‘I told you so’ to all the non believers.
Maybe the plan of the Fridge is a subtle one. How ironic would it be if to become truly Christlike you had to first realize Jesus was nothing more than myth so you can pick the myth you like best? And we all know the Fridge works in ironic ways. 😉
So what is the meaning of Christlike to you? Is it hippy, loving everyone Jesus or sword wielding, family splitting Jesus? Since you can find both in the scriptures, verily thus saith the Fridge…