The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up..
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car.”
Yeah, you probably heard that joke about, what, a thousand times. But it’s worth repeating because, well, we — myself included — are oftentimes very poor witnesses for Christ.
I thought about the not-so-funny joke as I pondered the message from this morning at a local church I was visiting. The message wasn’t about witnessing … but waiting in anticipation and in joy of the birth of the Christ. But my warped mind drifted to the mechanics of emulating this Savior we profess.
My first thought was how Old Testament Scripture, while directed at Israel and its people, pointed toward a Messiah. We recognize Him as Jesus Christ and for the past 2,000 plus years have espoused His new covenant, readily acceptable for all, not just Israel. But over those 2,000 plus years we have “latched on” to catch phrases or denominational biases that are the antithesis of Christ’s teaching.
I personally believe Christ came to save us all. But we were also created as individuals. So, how do we all become one in Christ … you know, many parts, one body [see I Corinthians 12]?
Over the millennia, we’ve become many parts in many bodies (denominations) with countless translations and interpretations. It’s sad those divisions often keep us apart. But what is even more sad is those divisions dampen our witness.
I often wonder what Jesus would do in today’s world. Initially I thought He would reach out across denominational lines and or the unchurched. But the more I thought about it, my thinking changed. It’s not what would Jesus do in today’s world. It’s what am I doing in Jesus Name in today’s world. And when I look in the mirror I must admit, not nearly enough.
Pastor Diane challenged us to reflect during Advent on what gift we would bring to Jesus. I think I will try harder to be a reflection of the light of God’s love to all. What about you?
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: God is still on the throne. He has brought you this far.