Have you ever heard someone say, “Would you hear/read/watch that with Jesus beside you?”
Just yesterday [Jan. 14, 2013] something dawned on me: a Biblically based challenge to the objection that enjoying certain stories or things wouldn’t be right “if Jesus were sitting next to me” or “if Jesus were hearing/reading/seeing this with me.”
This slogan may actually assume a low view of Christ’s holiness.
Scripture assures us — and warns — that God is too holy to tolerate sin. Yet He is fully aware of all that happens. So is Jesus, in His resurrected eternal nature of God-and-man.1
So are we saying that merely saying a Bad Word in front of Jesus would make Him wince? Cringe? Look away, whining?
Or would He see any sin for what it is, in His mighty sovereignty, and know that He will punish it?
As for the concept of seeing movies or reading novels with Jesus nearby, I agree that “would Jesus enjoy this” is a good litmus test. But Jesus is no wuss, and we shouldn’t be either. I daresay He would find much good in even “secular” stories, certainly The Hobbit or The Avengers or even Harry Potter — though, like us, He would also take issues with some about those stories’ worldviews!
Come to think of it, His approach to those stories may be similar to how He looks upon us. He subverts our sin and make us more like Him.
(Edited from a Jan. 15 social-network post of mine.)
- References available upon request. ↩