Sometimes people wonder why we do some of the things we do at St. Matthew’s. Why exploding pumpkins, chainsaws and blowtorches, electric pickles, and bowling balls arcing through the air towards somebody’s head? This week it’s THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME IN THE WORLD. Why in the world would we do that?
The simplest answer is that we are trying to follow Jesus’ example. Because while many people disagree about who Jesus is, or even if he was a good man, few if any disagree the he was a master communicator. Long before anybody ever heard of EF Hutton, when Jesus spoke, everybody listened. The simple truth is, people are still listening today. (And who was EF Hutton, anyway? I have no idea.)
It’s been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. This is precisely what Jesus did by being so willing to fully enter into the worlds of the people around him. He told stories that were relevant, reflecting the culture of the day. He drew upon people’s everyday lives, showing that he was both aware of and cared about those lives. He integrated the secular and the sacred in such a way that people came to understand that loving God cannot be divorced from loving our neighbor as well.
And that’s exactly what we’re trying to do too. Even if it means playing The Most Dangerous Game in the World. Because maybe—just maybe—if we all get real clear about what The Most Dangerous Game really is—you won’t have to play it.