Would Jesus Discriminate?

 “Would Jesus Discriminate?”.

It’s an interesting question.

It’s a question you have to ask yourself before even asking it to someone else. And you also have to be really careful who you ask to to as you’ll provoke all sorts of reactions from people.

We’re invited to think about Jesus “then” and consider Jesus “today”. How would Jesus react in a very different time and culture? How would we respond to the news of Jesus today? I don’t mean how do we treat people with Messiah complexes who snap, hoard food, weapons & women in a shack somewhere but people who bring a message that gets in our face, challenges the very depths of our understanding & calls us to a different way of living.

Discrimination is a very modern concept. It is a word with many meanings, but the most common, in our culture, is the act of showing one’s prejudice, particularly racial or gender or class prejudice: to disfavor someone because of some perceived or even arbitrary characteristic.

We often live our lives based on assumptions, prejudices and preferences. We’ll hang out with people who confirm and affirm our world view rather than challenge it. For me the central message of Christianity is love and grace, although you’d be forgiven for sometimes finding that hard to find in some of the expressions of Christianity and it’s followers over the years. One of the most common experiences with people over the years is the moment when people realise that gay and lesbian people are just like everyone else. Change comes when people assess their assumptions in the light of experience. We can only continue to hate & discriminate if we keep other people at a distance. Once a gay person is more than just being a gay person, when you see them as being a neighbour, a friend or a family member that’s when change comes.

Jesus does not discriminate because he can’t discriminate. Jesus talks about working for the “least of these”: the people who are at the very fringes of society, the marginalised, the dispossessed, the discriminated against.

(Also, remember, the question isn’t “Would Church discriminate?” or “Do Christians discriminate?” but “Would Jesus discriminate?”)

The Would Jesus Discriminate campaign is being run by MCC church and Cindi Love has a book out.

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6 Responses to Would Jesus Discriminate?

  1. truthbear says:

    Jesus Christ,(God) is unchanging, He is:

    Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

    Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

    Men want to call it discrimination, but God said that it is an abomination.

    God welcomes all walks of life into His house, but once there and once a man/woman learns truth, God’s truth, not mans, then, man/woman must turn from their wicked ways, to repent of their sins and live a Godly life. God calls us out of darkness into His marvellous light. God said, be ye holy, for I am holy.

    The word of God also says:
    1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
    Once God excepts a man/woman into His fold, then we are a changed people, we will no longer fulfill the lusts of our flesh. You might want to read, Romans 1:21-32

    May you have a Blessed day…

    • benjaminbrum says:

      Wow. I forgot what this felt like.

      Thanks for being a douse of cold water.

      Also, thanks for not answering the question at all. You’ve told me a lot about what the writers of the epistles think. (And we’re not even sure it was Paul who wrote all of those) You’ve told me nothing about what Jesus would do or think. Maybe you’d like to address that rather than spamming with quotes and not exploring the context of them.

  2. dollydaydream says:

    I don’t even understand Truthbears response in the slightest. Looks like it’s proved what you said about being careful who you ask this question to!

    You raise an interesting point. My partner & I were discussing the ’emergence’ of homosexuality at the weekend. He was explaining how sexuality was created to label people, and how when this is raised in his classes (he is a lecuturer in Philosophy) his students all disagree with him. In ancient Greek times, people fucked (am I allowed to swear here?! Sorry) whoever & whatever they wanted, it was acceptable, but at some point, someone decided that it was wrong for people of the same sex to have sex with each other. This was to label a’mental health’ condition, and to point out the ‘bad’ people. Absolutely ridiculous.

    I find it interesting that the Catholic church in particular (I was raised in a strict Catholic family & as a result am now an aethiest) are particularly discriminatory, being as it was drummed into us that God is all loving & Jesus died for our sins. Some say if Jesus died for our sins then what does it matter? Better make it worth his while. I find it very difficult to reconciliate the idea of an all loving God with the actuality of the church – this is bad, this is wrong, you can’t do this, you can’t do that.

    Would Jesus have discriminated in the first place? I think not. For how long did we believe Mary Magdalane was a prostitue and we had no trouble accepting that Jesus treated her with nothing but respect, so why would it be any different today? What we are led to believe about Jesus is that he was a ‘nice guy’. There are no stories about him being horrible to anyone and I’m not sure what would be any different today.

    I think I may have lost my train of thought a little as I have been writing & watching Project Catwalk at the same time…

    • benjaminbrum says:

      Sure, you’re allowed to swear here. I won’t judge you for using swear words.

      All too often I find that my view of God is coloured by the followers of God and the expression of their faith as manifested by protests at funerals of AIDS victims, websites proclaiming God Hates Fags & comments like the kind from Truthbear. (Way to totally hide your identity behind an avatar & username- have a backbone!)

      Project catwalk can have that impact on me too. I’m also that way when it comes to people mentioning food.

  3. dollydaydream says:

    I just find it difficult to believe that if God made everyone then why is doing one thing wrong and another thing right? It makes no sense!
    The Catholic God I was brought up with (who scared the shit out of me) was meant to love everyone and I would often question why people said that other people were bad. For example, my mother divorced my father after years of him cheating on her & treating her like crap. One of the ‘holier than thaou’ types at my church told her that she souldn’t be taking communion because she’s divorced! She was there worshipping the same God after all so what does it matter if she divorced my dad or not?? Would God have preferred her to stay with an adulterer?

    I think people get confused with Gods views and their own opinions sometimes!

    • benjaminbrum says:

      I also think people like to bring God down to a level they can understand and end up ascribing human emotions and feelings to God.

      Therefore God gets angry, sad etc. And we end up with God who is like the Greek God’s meddling and interfering with Humanity like a spoilt child who kills flies.

      Any conception of God will fail because God is supposed to be divine, infinite and beyond our own understanding.

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