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8/13/2006

Which Jesus?

Talledega NightsIn the new comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rickie Bobby" there is a very humorous prayer in which Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby says grace before a meal. The video clip is online here: Talladega Nights Prayer.

In the prayer he prays to "Dear Lord Baby Jesus" and continually mentions "infant Jesus" until his wife and father-in-law remind him that Jesus was a grown man. The group goes on—mid prayer—to discuss other images of Jesus including Christmas Jesus, Teen Jesus, and Bearded Jesus as well as Ninja Jesus fighting Samurai and Jesus with giant eagle's wings.

A popular Jesus painting from days gone byThe grace, like the movie, is silly and intends to be so. The prayer may be sacrilegious, but it does call us to question our picture of Jesus. No matter what picture we have, the real Jesus is beyond that picture. Whether you see Jesus as a bathrobed, blond-haired, blue-eyed Messiah or the homeless man you saw on the corner when last you wound through downtown Jacksonville, Jesus is ready to break down that image so that you can move closer to real thing.

A sermon in the archives on this is More than The Good Shepherd

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

Hyatt Moore's Last Supper with 12 Tribes which hangs in King of Peace's entry hall

3 Comments:

  • At 8/13/2006 11:48 PM, Anonymous Debbie said…

    I'm glad that Jesus can never be constrained by the human imagination. Our concepts are so finite and limited, and cannot even be compared to God's.

     
  • At 8/14/2006 8:58 AM, Anonymous Kenny said…

    Frank,

    I'm constantly amazed where you get inspiration.

    Speaking of images and roles we choose and sometimes have forced upon us, have you ever read/done the study "Wild at Heart"?

    It challenges some of the stereotypes we have been given.

     
  • At 8/14/2006 9:28 AM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    I have read it and listened to it on CD. I think Wild at Heart has some real wisdom in it. I keep the CD set on loan out to men in our congregation and have offered the books (and the women's version called Captivating) for sale at King of Peace.

    Speaking of inspiration, I think a little of my words on not having to become a stereotypical Christian yesterday (in the sermon Genuine Imitation) were probably inspired by Wild at Heart though I hadn't noticed that until your comments now.

    peace,
    Frank+

     

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