Everybody loves Him! The toothless Jesus. Colorless, odorless and bland. The eternal babe in the manger. Doe-eyed, undemanding and soft. New-Age Jesus. Effeminate. Aquarian. The kind of Jesus everyone wants and everyone loves. Non-threatening and fat-free.
The Jesus who never existed.
I took up the challenge my Pastor gave to the congregation at the end of a Sunday service: “Go tell someone that you love Jesus!” I did that for seven days and was completely surprised by the responses…
Sunday afternoon I greeted a lady walking her dog, “I want to tell you something. I love Jesus!”
“So do I,” she answered, “I go to church. The preacher is six-foot-five. Can you believe it? Six-foot-five!”
On Monday, at Quizno’s, the counter guy replied, “Okaaaaayy! I love God.” Then at Whole Foods, the checker said a little too sarcastically, “My Dad loves loves him.”
Pretty cool so far; two days into this experiment and everybody loves Jesus. I wonder if they know that He said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
“Let me tell you something,” I said on Tuesday, “I love Jesus.”
“I do too,” said the lady at Ikea.
And the nurse at Torrance Memorial on Wednesday gave a little nervous laugh when she answered, “Me too.”
Wow! This is incredible. Everybody loves Jesus. It’s so easy to just believe. He’s so easy to love. I wonder if they know that He said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Thursday: “Yeah, me too!” the Arco guy said.
And Ratan was quite enthusiastic as he bubbled, “Oh yeah. I love Jesus too. Even though I’m not a Christian, I like his sacrifice on the cross. I’m from India. All us Hindus like Jesus.”
Never has evangelism been so easy! Everybody loves Jesus! Hindus even. I wonder if they know that He said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
I’m cookin’ now. Nothing can stop me. Move over Billy, there’s a new guy in town. I felt like cheering, “I love Jesus, yes I do; I love Jesus how ’bout yoooou?”
“Oh me too!” Brenda joyfully gasped at the Shell station on Friday. “We love Jesus!”
Saturday was the best day of all.
At the cleaners: “Me too!” And Sav-On: “Me too!” Another Arco station: “I love Jesus too!”
I”m sure glad everybody loves Jesus! And I’ll bet they can’t wait to see Him again…
“See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Why do you think that everybody thinks they love Him?