Giving Jesus a Bad Name
My sister recently sent me a text about a bumper sticker she saw in northern California: “Jesus, save me from your followers.” What do you suppose that driver means? Which followers? William Wilberforce – without whom slavery may never have been ended? Mother Teresa – who may have personally given more aid and comfort to poor and marginalized people than any other human who ever lived? Telemachus – the monk who almost single-handedly ended the gladiatorial games?
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a follower of Jesus. So was Florence Nightingale. Handel. Bach. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet Tubman. Rembrandt. T.S. Eliot. Joan of Arc. William Booth. Elizabeth Fry. Francis of Assisi. Bono. All Christians.
Are these the followers of Jesus from whom the driver wants to be saved? The very architects of modern music, art, literature, politics, prison reform, nursing, civil rights, and charitable organizations?
So, what’s the driver saying? Is it possible that there are Christians out there who are actually undoing the good accomplished by these heroes of the faith who have come before us?