Tuesday, 02 December 2008
Guest post by AshleyKnows
This Christmas, my mother bought me a few outfits. She showed me two out of excitement at having acquired her purchases at relatively good prices. One of the outfits include a gold cap and matching scarf, shoes that are cute but clownish, and a bag that is really a designer label advertisement.
It makes me feel a little funny to imagine myself walking around like this. I might stand out too much like a golden calf, but I appreciate my mother's taste, and if she sees me in yellow, I may be able to see it too.
I've been thinking about this, and I wonder if Jesus really cares how we dress. Would he care if we were slovenly, unaware of how we present ourselves to our fellow churchgoers or to the world? Or would he cast a disapproving eye at the well-dressed?
Appearance appears to be a big deal in our society, and people are often judged by how they present themselves, especially people in entertainment and the media. Do you think Jesus, if he were truly us, would approve of the big diamond crosses with his body hanging on them in platinum gold, next to the guns and money signs?
I wonder what Jesus would do if he were presented a gold cap and matching scarf.
Would he return the gift for money and give it to the poor? Or would he happily accept his mother's gift and wear it right away?