An unsuitable candidateFeb 27th, 2008 | By Ian Poulton | Category: Ministry
Reflecting on a church appointment, the question occurred as to whether Jesus would have been appointed to anything.
What would have been on his CV that would have commended him to church leaders – a liturgist, an administrator a fundraiser? Would he have stood in the right spiritual tradition? Would he have views approved by the church leadership? Would he have fitted into the new situation? Would he have had the right experience?
Jesus’ application form would have included odd stuff, stuff that would have been unsettling, would he have even made the shortlist?
Here’s what Jesus says when asked if he is the man for the job:
When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ ”
At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” Luke 7:20-23
Being realistic, Jesus would have been totally unsuitable for any church appointment.