December 15, 2017

Sunday Morning Meditation: Think On These Things

In Chaplain Mike’s absence, I’m going to share some words from others to give us something to think on as we prepare for our worship services on Sunday mornings. Today we’ll hear from Frederich Buechner.

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 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. (Frederich Buechner, The Faces Of Jesus)

Your thoughts?

 

Comments

  1. Amen!

  2. Rob Graysoin says:

    That’s a great quote. But there’s a slight mistake – it should say “Whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it”.

  3. Jesus certainly seems to put a left handed spin on our idea of “the good life.”

    T

  4. Forget about the world; what about simple, raw human nature (at least here in the West)?

    Doesn’t The Sermon on the Mount turn this on its head? http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2012/11/03/in-defense-of-strawberries-and-cream/

  5. I was I could respond to this with an amen the way chill does. My ‘thoughts’ on this quote veer towards the ‘terror and despair’ end of the spectrum, since I have damaged my soul and hurt good people by seeking after sucess and pleasure and getting. I’m so enthralled by lust and greed, what a nightmare I’m in.

  6. I used to have posted: “It isn’t a question of sharing the blame; everybody gets all of it.”

    … but I don’t think giving up your life for the gospel stands in opposition to driving carefully. I mean, I suppose the message is “take crazy risks”, but not on the freeway, please.

  7. Jesus, as mad as a hatter, an intriguing character out of ancient middle eastern history and his patter little more than a temporary palliative for those who fear death and dying …until, that is, you come to the realization that the world’s insanity and self-absorption is the inevitable result of sin and the consequential separation from God. Then, all of a sudden, Jesus becomes the universal imperative, the fool unveiled as the Son of God.

    You might thnk of this as the “Theory of Devolution”. 🙂

  8. Marie Whitehead says:

    “If the world is sane…” However we see it, it truly is not sane. But we have been deceived to believe it to be so, so Jesus and his crew look like the crazy ones.

  9. Thanks all, this is so wonderfl, speaks to me today, wish I could say more about the precious posters here.

  10. For those of us who don’t have the book…if you go to crosswalk.com and click on blogs and then scroll down through a list of names to click on this name, you will see that he has three fairly lengthy sections of his book. They are his blog entries on August 31, September 26 and October 16. Looks like great stuff.