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Where Would Jesus Hang Out?
'If Jesus was to show up in your town or suburb today to spend a week - where would he go, who would he hang out with and what would he do?' I asked a group of Christian youth and young adults during a workshop to work on the above question.
The list they generated was a fascinating one. It included
- in the homes of single moms
There were a lot more responses but you get the picture.
This is a question I’ve sometimes wondered about myself. Here’s what I wrote nearly a year ago:
It is of course popular – fashionable even – to debate what Jesus would or would not do were He back on earth.
I live in an upmarket suburb. One day at a Bible study gathering a friend commented: “If Jesus were back on earth He certainly wouldn’t come to our church. He’d be over in the poor parts of town, mixing with the people in their churches there.” (In fact, at least one commentator has suggested that if Jesus were back on earth He would shun the church altogether and head straight for the nearest synagogue.)
But I think Jesus would visit our church. He might not be too impressed with the odd BMW among the Toyotas, Fords and Hondas. But surely He would rejoice to find a congregation of ordinary people struggling to maintain the faith in a deeply secular environment.
Of course, He would also be found at the poorer quarters. Jesus went wherever people needed reconciliation with God. That meant everywhere in His day, and I feel it would be the same today.
So here’s my own list of a few more places where Jesus might go on His visit to Melbourne:
- the stock exchange
- the local delicatessen
- the Melbourne Club (this city’s poshest, members-only businessmen’s club)
- Melbourne Park for the Australian Open tennis tournament
- Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Cup horse racing carnival
- the Royal Australian Air Force base at Laverton
- the boardroom of National Australia Bank (Australia’s largest bank)
In our secular culture, where money and power are the main aspirations, surely we ALL need Jesus and His message.
June 27th, 2003