Trying to Tone Down Jesus

summer-1174997_640I gave Him the once over.

Me:     “Okay, fine. You can come with me when I meet these people for dinner but you need to wear clothes designed in this century – something simple like jeans and a T-shirt. And, I don’t know, can you handle a hat?”

J:         “What’s wrong with what I’m wearing?”

Me:     “Nothing. I mean, I like it, but that’s me. It’s a little dated, that’s all.”

J:         “Are your friends into fashion?”

Me:     “No, I just want them to like you and it will help if you show up looking like you fit in. Why make your clothes a stumbling block? Is it that big a deal to wear something more culturally relevant?”

J:         “Not at all. I’d be happy to update the wardrobe.”

Me:     “Good, and, okay, don’t get offended but . . .”

J:         “Something else?”

Me:     “I’m just hoping that you’ll stick to positive topics – you know, nothing too controversial.”

J:         “What’s that supposed to mean?”

Me:     “Well, you know how you are. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like you. I love you, even, and I’ve gotten accustomed to the range of topics you expound on at the drop of a hat. I even agree with you on most things, you know that.”

J:         “Then, I don’t see the problem.”

Me:     “Look, I’m not asking you not to be you, just tone it down a little until my friends get to know you better. Is there anything wrong with that?”

J:         “How fragile are these people?”

Me:     “They’re not fragile, they’re just sensitive about some things and you can be, well, sort of, offensive.”

J:         “Offensive?”

Me:     “That’s the wrong word. Not offensive, just, unconcerned with people’s opinions of you.”

J:         “We’ve been over this. I’m not concerned what people think of me.”

Me:    “I know that, and it’s something I love about you but I do care what people think of me.”

J:         “Fine, then you avoid controversial subjects but I’m going to talk about whatever comes to mind.”

Me:     “There you go again. I thought we were friends. Look, you know your business but I know this group of people and you’re not going to get anywhere with them by jumping into touchy topics. Just trust me on this.”

J:         “Funny you should mention trust.”

Me:     “And, there’s one more thing.”

J:         “I can’t wait to hear it.”

Me:     “Just for this little meeting, I’m going to stick with your title. No need to get all caught up in calling you by your first name.”

J:         “My name is an issue.”

Me:     “You know it is. I don’t know why but there’s just something about that name.”jesus-1327882_640

J:         “There certainly is.”

Me:     “Well, there’s nothing wrong with calling you by your title, right? Or your generic name. Or whatever. I mean, you know who I’m talking about even if I just refer to you as God, or Lord, or Messiah, right? That’s what’s important.”

J:         “So, you think your friends don’t want to hear you say Jesus?”

Me:     “I knew you’d understand.”

J:         “But I don’t.”

Me:     “Seriously, you understand everything. You know that people stay calm and accepting if I refer to you as God or the Lord but as soon as I say the name, Jesus, it escalates everyone’s comfort level.”

J:         “I don’t have as much problem with that as you do.”

Me:     “Right, so, can you just do this for me, friend?”

J:         “No.”

Me:     “Just like that. No.”

J:         “Just like that. If we’re best friends and you love me and you want me to go with you then I am who I am and anything you do to try to hide that or tone it down is just plain disrespectful and unloving.”

Me:     “I don’t want to be that way, I just . . .”

J:         “You just care what other people think.”

Me:     “About you.”

J:         “You mean, about you.”

Me:     “Fine. Yeah. I care what they think about me. I wish I was more like you.”

jesus-331579_640J:         “Now, we’re talking. I can make that happen.”

Me:     “How?”

J:         “Take me with you everywhere you go and let me be exactly who I am.”

Me:     “That sounds really scary.”

J:         “It is, for you. But don’t worry. I’ll be right there. ”

Me:   “So, I’m sorry about before. Forgive me?”

J:      “Forever and ever. Let’s go meet these people. Wait a minute – is that seriously what you’re wearing?”

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  1. Sandra Lovelace says:

    The message is stronger and more colorful because of its format. Thank you.

    My favorite line-
    Me: “You know it is. I don’t know why but there’s just something about that name.”

    Chuckling in Maine

  2. I’ve had this discussion with Jesus more than once. “Nothing too controversial.” When I stick to that, I end up talking about nothing to do with my faith. There’s no way to talk about Jesus without being controversial!

  3. Janetta says:

    This is fantastic. And sadly so true. Makes you think. Thank you for sharing!