Christian: (n) a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Please describe. Yes, take a moment and grant me your visual interpretation of a typical person who lives in Montana. Here come the
- Cowboy hats.
- A slight drawl in speech
- Independent thinking
- Might even carry a gun or two
That is what we think about Montana. If we encountered someone who lived in Montana who did NOT fit any of those stereotypes, we might feel a little irritable, wondering why they insisted on living in our Montana.
As long as we cling to the typical stereotypical definition of what this creature seems to be, we quickly will find out that Jesus, himself, would not make a very
- He did not favor ceremony.
- He didn’t like being called “good.”
- He didn’t seek the praise of people, but rather, encouraged them to prosper in their own faith.
- He certainly wanted to be known for his teachings instead of the time he spent on a cross.
- And it was his habit to rebel against any tradition and formality which took away the intimacy of personal belief.
So the truth is, when Jesus is presented the way he really was, we get irritable.
How dare he be a Jewish Messiah, fulfilling Old Testament prophesy as the “Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world,” and instead, present himself as the Good Shepherd, who welcomes everybody and does not think that judging others is a legitimate practice.