Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Jesus Is Crazy as a Coot
"If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully — the life you save may be your own — and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world's sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion." — Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner
I don’t know that I need to add a whole lot to Rev. Buechner’s words. (But, of course, I will.)
When I think about the things that discipleship entails, the behaviors that Christians are to model, the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus asked us to live by… in today’s world, it does seem a little crazy, doesn’t it?
Comedian Robin Williams said. “You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” It may be that God does call us to be a little bit crazy. For certain, we aren’t supposed to fit in the world, we are supposed to be agents of change.
So be in the world, but not of it. Act a little crazy – in the name of Jesus.