I just finished reading Jesus for President, I realize slightly after the book was intended to be read. However, it got me thinking on an interesting concept, one I’ve been pondering for quite awhile now.
We spend a lot of time trying to make people be “Jesus-minded”–having the mind of Christ. Sometimes that comes across in the bracelets we wear, clothes we put on, or the type of Bible we carry around in our backpacks on the way to theology class.
Sometimes…we spend too much time simply thinking about Jesus. Yes, I know, he’s the son of God–that should at least give us the green light to think about what he would do in our situations…oh, at least five times a day or so…especially when it comes to spending 30 minutes of quite alone time with God. Jesus would definitely do that.
What would Jesus do? What did Jesus think about?
Jesus thought about people-not only just thought about peoplehe thought about a certain kind of people–sinners, prostitutes, the blind, leapers, the broken, bleeding, and the poor and forgotten of society. He thought about the rich, the well educated. Shoot, he even thought about the people who were driving the nails into his hands. [and the only expletive he used; “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”]
What if we stopped being so “Jesus-minded” and started being “people-minded”? If we turn our minds to think not just about Jesus, but to think about what Jesus thought about…we would then in a way perhaps, have the same mind as Christ.
Christ not only came to heal the physically impaired–the blind, the lame, the sick–he came to restore broken relationships. In Jesus’ time there were different kinds of healers: professional, and folk healing. Jesus was a teacher, a Rabbi–making him a folk healer, he didn’t get paid for the ‘services’ he provided. There was also a completely different way of looking at sickness. Being sick was more about being cast out of society than anything else. Being sick meant being unclean–not good enough to join the rest of us. Leapers formed colonies, the sick hung out at the pools, and the blind lined the streets hoping to catch the change that fell. But whenever Jesus came along people were restored to society. The boy with a deamon was taken home by his father. Peter’s mother got up and began to welcome the people into her home. Bartimaeus began to praise God and joined the crowd of people on their way to Jerusalem.
What if we joined hands with those who cannot be touched? What if we kissed away the infectious tears of another? What if we built relationships with the outcasts? Would we be doing it just because it is what Jesus would want us to do…or would we simply be loving our fellow humans–fellow sinners, of whom we know we are the least…