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Was Jesus Crazy?

According to his family, he was. In Mark 3:20-21 (NIV), we read: “Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.'” Another  translation says his family thought “he was crazy.”

The genesis for this post is a sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, recently shared with me by a friend.  If you’d like to hear it, go to You Tube and type in Bishop Curry General Convention Sermon. It’s powerful and not that lengthy.

Bishop Curry proclaims that a Christian is called to be as crazy as Jesus. Before you agree, think about what Jesus taught. Turn the other cheek. Give a needy person more than she asks. When you give, do it secretly. Love your enemies. Pray for those who do you wrong. You can’t serve both God and money. Don’t worry about anything. Don’t judge others. And that’s the tip of the iceberg.

All that sounds pretty crazy. It sounded crazy in Jesus’ time. It sounds just as crazy today. Think about it.

I’ve spent much of my life trying to convince people that I’m perfectly normal, reasonable or, at the very least, not crazy. It’s daunting to think about embracing the craziness of Jesus.

I believe what Jesus taught. But by the standards of almost any society, however old or new, living what he taught is crazy. In Mark 9, we read of the boy who convulsed, rolled around on the ground, and foamed at the mouth. Before Jesus healed him, he said to the boy’s father, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” I understand the father’s response: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

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