Jesus reacts to one-size-fits-all spirituality:
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”
Do You Know a Perfect Christian?
What does a perfect Christian look like? Jesus? I suppose. But, we’re not Jesus. What would a real, perfect Christian look like today? What job would they have, what jokes would they tell, what would their spouse be like (if they even had one)?
Have you ever met someone who seems so close to God they might be as close to perfect as one could get? I think I’ve run across a few people, crossed paths with people I think might fit that case. I’ve never know anyone well that fits the bill. Have you? Maybe the better you know someone the more you’re aware of their flaws. Perhaps no one can really know a perfect Christian.
There are some things that seem to be ways to grow closer to this perfection. Growing in love, joy and faith. Growing in peace, kindness and self-control.
But what if I’m ambitious? What if I’m not? What if I like to sit and contemplate alone? What if I like to be out with friends every night? Maybe I’m a programmer, or a musician or both. Maybe I love kids. Maybe I love managing a business.
I might watch movies all day. I might read all day. I might cook all day. I might drink alcohol. I might listen to rock, rap or country. I might make handmade doilies to give as gifts. I might forget about giving any gifts except on Christmas, and then only to my mother.
I might not really be sure what you want me to say. I might want to grieve with you but not know how. I might want to love you but you remind me of my abusive father.
I might not know what to think about what to think. I believe. I love. I try.
Is that enough?
Bethany Sundstrom-Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Theology (Th.M.) with a focus in Media Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her background is in journalism, marketing, and making lattes. She lives in Portland and runs Cadia Marketing.