Here are some recent examples of folks trying to cash in on the good name of Christ.
“What would Jesus eat?” - I would guess whatever his host served.
“What would Jesus drive?” - Probably Toms Shoes.
“What would Jesus wear?”- Seriously?
I can understand trying to associate your cause with Jesus. His Q score has to be off the charts. So during a recent iPod walk with dog friend Hannah I thought of one more ridiculous association to our modern culture. What would Jesus karaoke? A song from the 70’s generated my weird thought process. I didn’t even remember that the song was on the device when I heard Firefall sing these lyrics.
When it all goes crazy and the thrill is gone
The days get rainy and the nights get long
When you get that feeling you were born to lose
Starin' at your ceiling, thinkin' of your blues
When there's so much trouble that you wanna cry
The world has crumbled and you don't know why
When your hopes are fading and they can't be found
Dreams have left you waiting---friends have let you down
Perhaps it is a bit over the top to imagine Jesus singing karaoke at a bar. But maybe not. He loved to be with the sinners and poke the legalists with a grace stick. This might be the modern version of eating and drinking with the publicans and tax collectors. I can imagine Jesus singing those lyrics with a gentle smile and powerful compassion.
And I imagined Jesus hitting the chorus with power and grace that would cause everyone to listen.
Just remember I love you
And it'll be all right
It’ll be all right….
Somehow when He sings that silly chorus you believe it. It will be all right. Jesus might recall a bit of the instructions when the twelve Disciples were sent out.
“But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Matthew 10:26-30, NLT)
Later as you sat around the table He might remind you about the words from the Gospel of Matthew.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
I love that imagery of the “unforced rhythms of grace”. Freedom. Joy. The silly analogy of karaoke night with Jesus became a very moment of worship.
Just remember I love you. And it will be all right. It will be all right.
I believe that more every day.
Dave Burchett is the author of When Bad Christians Happen to Good People