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  • OKIE IN EXILE: Xhristos Anesti!

  • Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed!

    So goes the litany at Easter morning services.  As Christians we claim to believe it.  We believe that he will come again.  At least we say all of this with our lips.

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  • Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed!
    So goes the litany at Easter morning services.  As Christians we claim to believe it.  We believe that he will come again.  At least we say all of this with our lips.
    But I’ve got a question.
    If we knew Christ--if we met him face to face--would we like him?
    There is a hymn called “Jesus is all the world to me.”  It’s one of the hymns of my youth so it’s a part of that conversation that goes on in my brain and has been there for quite some time.  I can hear my mother singing it in my head: “He sends the sunshine and the rain/ He sends the harvest’s golden grain/ Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain/ He’s my Friend.”
    It’s been bothering me lately.  A friend is someone that you call when you need help moving the sofa and they will.  I am not quite sure that’s the right way to think about Jesus.
    There was another song by Depeche Mode that was covered by Johnny Cash called “Your own personal Jesus.”  When Depeche Mode sang it, it was a bit sarcastic; it was a song sang to a lover or a former lover.  When Johnny sang it, he reinterpreted it and took it in the direction of the hymn I mentioned.
    That view of Jesus is what bothers me.  It seems we have the expectation that we will be in agreement with him, that we will be like him.  Actually, no.  We have the expectation that he will be like us.
    There is nothing in the gospels that leads us to believe that this is correct.  Jesus didn’t get along with the Sadducees or the Pharisees.  He didn’t get along with his disciples all the time.  There were times when his disciples left in mass.  He and Peter knocked sparks off of each other on at least a couple of occasions.
    You think you would be different?  Okay, show me.
    For my part, I am not in harmony with Jesus all the time or even ever.  But it doesn’t bother me because I know what I am. And while Peter had a few disharmonious encounters with Jesus, Jesus did leave him to feed his sheep while he was gone.
    There is another word to use to describe the relationship a Christian has with Jesus: Lord.
    That is a word from a different age.  We don’t know how to interact with a Lord. We aren’t taught daily how to deal with our superiors because we are all supposed to be the same.  No one is better than anyone else. No one knows more than anyone else.  We don’t have to accommodate the world; the world must accommodate us.
    Page 2 of 2 - Except we all grow old and die.  Except the rains don’t come and the crops wither. Except a hurricane hits the city and shuts it down.
    Except we need to know that there is a real world out there that will not accommodate itself to us. We must yield to it and to learn how best to live in it.
    We celebrate Easter.  But it’s not all little girls in pretty bonnets and pink rabbits hopping around with painted eggs. It’s not all Cadbury chocolate and Peeps.
    We have a Risen Lord.
    Happy Easter.
    Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, Oklahoma, is Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Pittsburg State University. He blogs at redneckmath.blogspot.com and okieinexile.blogspot.com. You may contact him at okieinexile@gmail.com.

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