Dear Artists (Which is all of you),
An artist created a statue for the hallway of a church. It was a statue of Jesus kneeling before a basin with a towel in his hand. Jesus is looking intently downward as if he is about to wash someone’s feet. When asked why she created a statue of Jesus in such an unusual posture, the artist replied, “You have to kneel down, or be down low already, to look at the face of Jesus.”
“When the Pharisees saw Jesus keeping company with who he hung out with, they had a fit, and lit into him, ”Who are these Jesus followers? What kind of an example is this from a Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff ?” Matthew 9:10-11
The truth is, Jesus got both low and high with others. Christ hung out with rich and poor. Jesus spent time with the sinner and the saint. The Lord loved both the lost and the found.
Former basketball star Kareem Abdul Jabbar has been outspoken regarding the racial tension in our country which has surfaced since the death of George Floyd. His greatest point of advice for each of us was to, “make a friend with someone who does not look like you.”
See Matthew 9 for further reflection.
Prayer: That we all have friends in the spirit of our Lord who do not look like us.
*I hope to see each of you at THE WELL tonight. The topic will be “ICE CREAM THEOLOGY.”
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen