I was tagged over at Perigrinatio for a meme. So, Doug, here's my list of the 5 things I did about Jesus. (And don't worry, I won't call you cheesy like Riddle did.)
5. I dig the fact that Jesus acted as a prophetic voice, calling out to people on the margins of society and giving them hope and meaning, and calling out to the powers and structures of society giving them much needed critique.
4. I dig that Jesus understood and craftily used satire. Borg and Crossan compare Jesus' not-so-triumphal-entry parade to the parade of Pilate (The Last Week, p 1-30) and show his entry as a satire, a mocking of sorts, directed to the Roman oppressors.
3. I dig that although Jesus stood for dramatic social revolution, he did so while continuously rejecting violence in all its forms, even retaliatory violence.
2. I dig that we don't have any pictures of Jesus. I mean, we all know that Jesus was not a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Swede (the picture that's hanging in most of our churches). But the fact that he lived in a time when cameras were not around gives us the ability to relate Jesus to any society, any people(s), anywhere. Jesus can become real, relevant, and incarnate to all peoples, a task that would be limited if we had pictures. Check out this old article from Popular Mechanics.
1. I dig that Jesus has confused millions of people over 21 centuries. We keep reading the same words, and we keep misunderstanding. I think Andy Warhol is translucent green with envy.