Thursday, November 01, 2007
Jesus lives next door.
This is from a "Meditation" section by Claudia Mair Burney in Will & Lisa Samson's book, Justice in the Burbs:

Jesus lives next door. He's an eight-year-old girl and her three-year-old brother. The Son of Man looks like those starving Ethiopian children. He only gets breakfast and lunch at school, when he makes it. His mama is a crack whore. Nobody knows where his daddy is. I heard his mama lets her "Johns" do things to him.
Poor King of Kings.

Jesus is two houses down and has six children. Now he's pregnant with the seventh. I don't know if he hasn't figured out what birth control is, or what, but how does he expect his husband to feed all those babies on that salary? And you know with all those kids the Lord of Lords can't work. That means hardworking taxpayers' money has to go for Christ's food stamps!
He needs to get fixed.

The Lord is a crazy man - paranoid schizophrenic. If he doesn't take his medication, he walks up and down the street, cussing and spitting on everybody he passes. He's homeless. Nobody knows where his family is - if he's got one. Digs out of the trash cans for food. Somebody ought to get him off the street.
Jesus is nothing but a nuisance.

I'm starting to see the Son of God everywhere I go. He's always crying or begging or looking pitiful. Why doesn't he pull himself up by his bootstraps? This is America! Makes me mad. He's ruining our neighborhood.
Somebody ought to do something about him.

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posted by Mike Clawson at 6:00 PM | Permalink |


At 11/03/2007 02:28:00 PM, Anonymous Mike_OKC

That was an excellent book - and your post included a great snippet.

Earlier this week, I saw a homeless guy on the corner wanting dollars and so forth. Instead of the money, I went to a Wendy's just down the street and bought a burger, fries, a Coke and a chocolate Frosty. It came to less than $5. The guy was incredibly grateful and began to get all teared up! He said, "You really took the time to do this - for ME?" Yes, it made me feel good, but that's not why I did it. I did it for the VERY reason outlined so clearly in the passage from the book: I saw "the least of these," and yes, I saw Jesus.

That book really impacted me and I recommend it to everyone; especially those involved in the Emergent Church conversation.


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