Now, I can think of many negative things to say about “a dude in a leather g-string, rainbow afro wig, and fairy wings glued to his back dancing down the street claiming he’s got pride.” For one thing, he probably doesn’t have much pride. Plus, depending where he is, he may be exhibiting a narcissistic disregard for the sensibilities of his neighbors. Plus, he’s defining himself in a materialistic way that will ultimately make him less, not more, spiritually rich and happy. Plus, he really ought to have something better to do with his life.

But none of these things is particularly my business. And while I can see where Jesus might want to have a chat with him about any or all of them, before I start thinking too much about what that chat might entail, I would do well to remember a question Jesus asked me one time: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” In other words, while I may not be wearing my rainbow Afro wig (I know I left it around here somewhere), I can’t help feeling I have unhelpful spiritual habits of my own that I could usefully look at before I trouble my sinful head with this dude’s.

With respect, I think Erickson is here confusing being for Jesus with being for societal norms. But I don’t think Jesus is actually concerned with maintaining society’s norms — not even those norms we hold good. There may, after all, be other good norms, and even better norms that, if instituted, would “make the world a better place.” But to be honest, I don’t even think Jesus is concerned with “making the world a better place.” He certainly never mentions it. From my reading and studying of the Bible, Jesus is concerned with re-directing your soul through him back toward its creator. Your soul, not someone else’s. He’s very specific about that. If you’re passing judgement on another guy’s soul, you’re thinking about the wrong thing.

The dude in the leather g-string may not be living his best life now (or who knows? given the facts of his life, maybe he is!) but he isn’t hurting anybody. If there are things about him Jesus will “not accommodate,” I don’t think it’s up to us to decide what they are.


Cross-posted at PJ Lifestyle