As Christians, we talk a lot about wanting to be more like Jesus… and we should. The Bible talks about being conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29), walking as He walked (1 John 2:6), being transformed into His image (2 Cor 3:18)… the list goes on.
But what if Jesus had acted more like some of the Christian leaders of today?
Nicodemus would have probably never been told he had to be born again… I mean, who insults another leader like that these days? We have to be respectful, even towards those we don’t agree with. Nicodemus would have been invited to share the platform, there would be some flattering pictures of the two smiling leaders, a culturally acceptable and poignant warm embrace, and no meaningful discourse. Nicodemus would have been praised for his willingness to cross lines and work with another camp.
Zaccheus would still have the opportunity to be a lunch host, and people might still grumble about it… but the modern leader might encourage Zack to redeem himself through gifts to the ministry, rather than giving money to the poor or returning it to those who were defrauded.
The meeting with the Samaritan Woman at the well wouldn’t have happened at all. No self-respecting leader would be caught having a private conversation with THAT kind of woman. Instead of using knowledge of the woman’s situation to confront her in her sin and reach out to her where she was, the modern leader would have used that intelligence to avoid her like the plague. Must avoid any possible appearance of evil. And confrontation? That’s so risky. Someone might get hurt.
Thank God God’s God…