FINALLY, A "COOL" JESUS
Finally there's a COOL JESUS who can appeal to teens. One that we don't have to be embarrassed about. One who looks like Brad Pitt and hangs out with a hooker.
Man, the Jesus that draws people to himself with his gift of eternal salvation and redemption for the lost just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. If Jesus was really cool like this then I can see following a Jesus like this. I wouldn't feel like an outcast around my friends. I wouldn't feel like a weirdo...I'd feel excepted by them...AND I can easily persuade my friends to follow a cool Jesus like this !
This whole new image thing could totally "reform" our faith, in a new way. We could apply this new image technique to all sorts of areas in our dealings with spiritual issues. Just think of how appealing we can make Jesus look to the unchurched and the world.
Paul just didn't get it when he said in 1 Cor. 1:18 the message of the cross is foolishness to them that are perishing. If he only realized how to generate a message of Jesus as cool, he would not have had so much difficulty with opposition to his message.
The same goes for all of the disciples and apostles. They should have tweaked the image of Jesus just enough to make him look appealing to the world around them.
Kind of like...well, a celebrity, or movie star, or a rapper.
So much for the One who will be exalted above all things that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Phil. 2)
So much for the one to whom we should proclaim "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. (Is.6)
So much for the image of the Son of God whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. (Rev. 2:18)
So much for God creating us in His image, now we can create God in our image.
I can go on and on...apparently so can they, with their "creative" reinterpretations of God's image.
One more thought from Exodus 20:4:
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.