I don’t believe it properly represents Christ to burn books as a protest, or as a means of “venting”, as Dr. Terry Jones explained his reasons for desiring to burn copies of the Q’uran on the 9/11 anniversary. I honestly believe it is not only a poor example of Christianity, it is pretty much the antithesis of what Christ represents. Anti-Christ, you could say. I’m not saying that to stir up more anger and controversy about the proposed book burning…I’m saying it because Dr. Jones reminds me that we as the church don’t always do a very good job of representing who Jesus is, or what He’s all about. A quick glance at church history tells us that. It’s pretty much been that way from the beginning.
We’re looking at Luke 9:37-45 this Sunday.
The disciples of Jesus didn’t do a very good job representing His power to the people back then either. It’s sort of endemic to our faith. Jesus prays, we go to sleep. Jesus reveals the glory of heaven, we want to build tents. Jesus gives us power and authority to advance His kingdom, and we just can’t seem to get it to work like He does. It’s been 2,000 years of this same show.
Yet…what is the result of this story. What happens, and what do we learn about Jesus and ourselves? What is His final statement to them in this section…and why does he bring THAT up again? Those are some interesting thoughts to ponder as we prepare to explore this together. Let me hear your thoughts!