Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sacha Baron Cohen's delusions

This English comedian aims to shock Americans by putting a black Jesus dressed in a loincloth and wearing a crown of thorns in his latest film.

Americans, like people all over the world for centuries, have a extreme range of opinions about Jesus. Some believe he never existed, others think he wasn't the son of God but an archangel, a percentage claim he was a great prophet only, and some say he was a false prophet.

Sacha may be shocked to learn that this white, gun-toting, Bible-hugging, conservative man from Kansas, U.S. of A., has seen Jesus as black. Nope, I'm not under the influence of corn liquor I've distilled or meth I've cooked in the old tool shed.

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:28 that there is no Jew or Greek, servant or free, male or female: because we are all one in Jesus Christ. These differences mean nothing to God. All that matters is "faith that expresses itself through love."

Those who have been transformed by their acceptance of Jesus become one with his body. His body is made up of all believers, the universal church. Jesus is the head of the body. I think another passage of scripture enforces this concept, Mathew 25:40.

This passage, in simple English, states, "And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

This morning my son, baptized at birth in a mainstream Protestant church, drove into town and picked up a Roman Catholic friend. These two white teenagers skipped services at their churches to attend church with a third friend to help her celebrate her birthday. She attends a church mainly made up of black Christians.

It is comforting and not shocking at all to know my son will see Christ in all of them and that they will see Christ in him.

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