Monday, March 20, 2006

FINALLY, A "COOL" JESUS


AWESOME !

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.

-KTO

1 Comments:

Blogger KCO said...

This is the problem:

Many leaders of younger people today, not all, but many of their leaders are giving them a "Jesus" that is not holy (set apart) but rather one that reduces the lofty majesty of God down to a "gansta-rappa, hip hop, whatever" type who can relate to the spiritually lazy, self-centered believer who has spent his whole youth having their leaders dummying down the gospel just so they'll show up to church.

Scripture tells us we as followers will have to face suffering for Christ (Rom 8:17. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.)

Instead of us raising ourselves to share in his SUFFERINGS, we would rather lower Him to share in our PLEASURES.

The identification with Christ MUST be in alignment with the Christ of scripture exactly as Jesus presented himself. NOT in an image different than how he presented himself. Isaiah 53:2, 3 tells us that he had no physical attractiveness about him at all. "...He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

WOW! Not hardly the "gansta-rappa" cool kind of guy who looks like Brad Pitt.

Even more, his appearance after his sufferings was actually appalling to look at, beyond human likeness. See Isaiah 52:14. " Just as there were many who were appalled at him— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness—"

How dare any of us even attempt to present Jesus in any form or image as we wish. May God have mercy on any who do so.

-KCO

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