Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Christian Leaders Rediscovering Christ
by Pa Rock
I think it was that Jesus fellow who said that the way we treat the least among us is how we, in fact, treat him.
Mormon Bishop David Musselman recently surprised and confounded members of his congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, Utah, when he showed up at church dressed as a homeless man. Bishop Musselman had been made-up by a professional make-up artist and was so different that members of his own family did not recognize him. The shabbily dressed bishop walked among members of the congregation wishing them a happy Thanksgiving. Five members of the church asked the homeless-appearing individual to leave, and many would not look him in the eye. Some admitted to feeling ashamed when Bishop Musselman finally walked to the front of the church and revealed his true identity to the pious worshipers.
Pope Francis has climbed down off of his holy high horse and is ministering to the poor and needy – and even the disfigured. He has recently been talking about economic fairness to such a degree that Rush Limbaugh has referred to His Holiness a “Marxist.” And then there was that photo of the Pope embracing an extremely disfigured man.
This week it was revealed that Pope Francis has also been sneaking out of the Vatican at night, dressed as an ordinary priest, and ministering to Rome’s poor.
It almost feels as though some Christian leaders are rediscovering Christ. Wouldn’t it be great if they could convert their flocks into kind, caring, and charitable individuals - the kinds of people Christ would actually like.