Recently in Thursday Night Wrestling I became puzzled. According to what Holy Spirit breathed into the authors of Scripture, Jesus has said some crazy things. They make me very nervous. They challenge my intellect. And, they make me crazy. Let me tell you why.
- First, there’s the contempt thing. Jesus said that if I show contempt for my fellow human being, I am in danger of hell fire itself. Show respect for my enemies, and even the enemies of the Lord God? I don’t think so. Jesus was crazy. How can I do that?
- And then there’s the anger thing. Jesus said it was more important to help my brother with his anger toward me than it was to worship. Help a brother with his anger directed to me first, and then worship? Jesus was crazy. How can I do that?
- And oh, don’t forget about the adultery thing. Jesus: you created me to be attracted to women, and then You charge me with adultery for “looking?” Jesus, how can I do what you want?
- Jesus was crazy—He said I was not only to avoid killing my enemies, I was to pray for them, especially those who persecute me for His sake. Pray for members of Isis and the Osama Bin Laden’s of the world? I don’t think so. It’s just not rational. How can I do that?
My Jesus once said, if you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father; the Father and I are one. Does this mean Father God is crazy too? The answer is a resounding YES! (1 Corinthians 1:22-23)
It is crazy for the God of the universe to become a human so we could understand Him. It is crazy for Father God to offer His son so I could be reconciled with Him. A great Christian friend of mine, Curt Hinson, said it well: we’re all scum buckets. Why would a holy God do so much for an unholy creature? God is crazy—blessed be the name of the Lord God!
But, I am still angry. I still have contempt for others almost as much as for myself. I still look. I am still more concerned about me than others. How can I do this?
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.”