The Gospel Party
Sometimes the way we talk about Jesus, the way I think about Jesus, is really like this:
‘Hey, person I don’t really know! I want you to come to this party. My friend Jesus is throwing it and it’s gonna be wild and last for like, ever! You’ve heard of him, right? He made up that song that the birds sing, which I know you thought the birds made up, but it was totally him! Hahaha! It’s so obvious! You’re gonna love him.
He’s the best and his house party is gonna be rad! It’s totally free and you don’t even have to bring a present! I really want you to come to this party. You just have to decide to go and you totally can! It will make me feel better to know that you’re gonna be there.
Because if you don’t come to this party, Jesus will have some other guys beat you up. With sticks. Of FIRE! And they’ll hit you for ever and ever because you didn’t want to come to Jesus’s party and it makes him so sad. He really really wants you to be at his party instead of having to let the fire stick guys beat you up, but it’s a risk he’s willing to take so that you’ll want to come to his party.
But hahahaha he’s totally not cray, he loves you SO MUCH! Oh, and so do I! It’s not just because he told me to, it’s because I’d feel really bad if the stick guys beat you up forever. But hey, I tried my best to get you to come to Jesus’s party and if you don’t want to, it’s your own fault.
Jesus Cake FOREVER! Byyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!’
This, to me, is why theology is important. This is why I will always ask why and always be willing to take a step back and reexamine myself and the words I use and the way I do things and what they actually look like played out in real life. Not because I want to sit in some sucking mud hole of questioning forever. But because I think that if Jesus is really cool, if the stories about him are real, if everything that is compelling about him and what he said and did is true, than a theology that reflects him as God Incarnate won’t suck.