Wednesday, 29 April 2009
My friend Jason wrote a blog entry yesterday called, Jesus Wasn’t Perfect. He took some heat for it.
He wrote because he was feeling the pressure to perform to perfection in various areas of his life – in his job, with his family, as a Christian, etc. He went on to explain that he took some comfort in his disciple-making failures when he realized that Jesus’ track record wasn’t spotless in this area either. When you consider the Disciples’ actions - bickering, infighting and ultimately betrayal, Jesus’ team leading skills would have got him kicked off Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice the first week he was appointed project manager.
Jason had an important disclaimer – Jesus was flawless when it comes to sin- he never was in disobedience to the Father – but this didn’t keep the comments from cascading in on Jason’s blog and Facebook wall. There was discussion, disagreement, and several verses bantered back and forth to prove various points.
Matthew 5:48 was quoted in three different versions, including KJV, which makes it even more authoritative- “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Hebrews 5:8 makes it sound like Jesus was made perfect through suffering (meaning he wasn’t before that?), and 2 Corinthians 13:11 says we should aim for perfection. The same verse also says, “be of one mind, live in peace.” God knows it’s pretty hard to live in unity and peace when we are driven by perfection performance. Aiming for, and being driven by perfection, are apparently vastly different. “Perfection?” Inigo Montoya might say, “I do not think it means what you think it means...”
Consider the following:
- Jesus’ stunt at the temple would have gotten most kids at 12 years of age both a grounding and a spanking. He may have been about his father’s business but it was a pretty inconsiderate move where his family was concerned.
- Jesus didn’t know who touched him when the unclean woman healed herself by fondling his tunic.
- Jesus lost an argument to a Gentile woman about who was worthy of Jesus’ time and blessing.
- Jesus slept through a storm on the boat. (Sure the disciples marveled when he calmed the wind and the waves. They also marveled why he hadn’t done it earlier.)
- In the Old Testament Jesus lost a wrestling tournament with Jacob, who was the weaker of the twins.
- Jesus face never would have graced People’s Most Beautiful edition in 33AD.
I think that is what Jason was getting at. Then again he could be wrong; God knows he isn't perfect.