I’ve come across a group a few times called, “Jews For Jesus.” And I thought: That’s great, because Jesus himself was a lifelong Jew. Many Christians probably think Jesus was the first Christian. Nope. Jesus was born, lived, and died a Jew. In fact, he was a rabbi, and you can’t get much more Jewish than that. So I figured Jews For Jesus is a perfect group.
Alas, come to find out, Jews for Jesus is a group of Messianic Jews, Jews who believe in the Messiah, i.e., Jesus. That would be like a bunch of Jewish people calling themselves, “Christians For Moses.” Jews For Jesus might better be called, “Christians For Jesus.”
Christians For Jesus might sound ridiculously redundant. Of course you would think Christians are for Jesus. But I sometimes wonder if that’s true. After all Jesus said, “Love your neighbor.” But some Christians seem to think Jesus actually said: Love your neighbor…unless your neighbor is an immigrant, a Muslim, a person of color, a woman, a member of the LGBTQ community, a homeless person, a poor person, or is in some way different from them.
So obviously not all Christians are for Jesus. At least not the Jesus of the Bible. They’re for some different Jesus, a Jesus who’s a bigot, a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a cold-hearted human.
So maybe Christians do need a group called, “Christians For Jesus,” Christians who believe in the authentic Jesus. The Jesus who teaches people to: Love your neighbor…whoever your neighbor happens to be.
Go in Peace. Live in Love. Abide in Joy.