God is Great, Beer is Good and People are Crazy
Billy Currington has a country song with that title. Is it true? The first part is for sure – God is Great! And personally, I think there’s not much better than a tall cold one on a hot day as you watch the football game with friends!
But is it true that “people are crazy”? Well, have you ever known any? People, that is. I’ve known a few, and….well….uh…it MIGHT be true.
What do we do with Crazies? Nutcases? Absolute Whackos? Well, I know this gets old, but what if we look at Jesus for an answer. I know, I know. Here we go again – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Hey, I’m happy to switch over if you can find someone more interesting. Enlightening. Enjoyable or profound. But so far, he still wins!
What did Jesus do with Crazy People? Well, it depends. With the Religious Crazies – he rebuked them. But he didn’t rebuke the religious crazies from other religions – he loved them. He rebuked the crazies from his own religion. Do you see where I’m going with this?
With demoniacs, and other sinner Crazies – well, he delivered them. Loved them. Set them free. Gave them life.
So…simple lesson – let’s look for a modern day example and try to make this practical. Oh, I have it – Ahmadinejad of Iran. He’s officially Crazy. What ought we to do with such a crazy? He’s a Religious Nut-Job, but not one of our own, so we can’t do the “rebuke him” thing that Jesus saved for his own kind. We may have to treat him like a sinner. A demoniac. An Outsider Crazy, not a crazy one-of-us. Too bad. Darn it. This may mean we have to love him. Heal him. Give him life. Set him free.
But how? Glad you asked. Here are some ideas of how we can act like Jesus to the leader of Iran:
- Pray for him. Whenever you see him on TV or hear someone say something or write something about him – take 10 seconds and pray for him!
- Write him a letter or call the Iranian Section in D.C. and tell them you’re praying for blessing on them. The address and phone number is: Iranian Interests Section, 2209 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007. Telephone:  (202) 965-4990.
- Go visit him. Don’t laugh. You’d be surprised what you can do if you simply step out of the boat and try! Check this out: http://www.irpedia.com/. Start saying something nice about him when your friends and colleagues say mean things. Things like “I know he’s short, but don’t you think he’d be kind of cute if he combed his hair.”
- Pray. Did I mention this one? If nothing else – it’ll change your heart!