I saw this bumper sticker earlier today. It's like another I've seen: "Look busy. Jesus is coming." After a quick chuckle, my pastoral analysis begins, and I "geek out" about theological interpretations of the culture. While this may be a relatively harmless bumper sticker, it is evidence of a deeper view of Jesus in our culture. Like the kid who says, "Who's Jesus? Well, he's that one character on South Park."
For many Americans Jesus is a tame, harmless religious figure. Akin to the Dali Lama. Like Santa Clause. A nice guy who espouses rules to live by. If this was my Jesus, I would not find him very compelling. And I'd probably find hokey stickers to put on my bumper.
I prefer this Jesus:
- The manly, kick-butt Ruler of the entire universe (see Revelation).
- The King who takes a job as a server (Matthew 20:28).
- The Preacher who likes a good party (Matthew 9:9-13).
- The Victor who punched death in the mouth (see the end of all the gospels).
I have yet to find Jesus behind the sofa.