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Wednesday, March 7th, '18

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GO FLY A KITE!

"Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:4)

 

That's right, I said go fly a kite, literally. You, yes you, go take a hike. It's May. It's breezy. It's Friday. You're not too old for that kind of thing. Be a kid again. Heaven isn't impressed with macho. He who is Perfection doesn't care about your perfectionism. If this grandpa loves little Jasmine's trademark (shoes on the wrong feet), then our heavenly Father probably likes going casual too. Who started this starchy suit and tie Christianity anyway? He can go fly a kite. God isn't a prudish schoolmarm that walks around with a yardstick smacking knuckles. Jesus introduced Him as Father for a reason. Paul went a step further with the word "abba" which can be translated "Daddy". Hard to picture the Creator on the living room floor giving horseback rides? If He doesn't have a tender playful side why would Jesus have spent so much time telling us to be childlike?

 

Of course, childlike doesn't mean childish. We still have to go to work and pay the bills. But I don't see Jesus consulting a day planner or checking His watch every few minutes to make sure He's being a perfect steward of time. He took the disciples for boat rides, reclined leisurely at dinners and was accused of being a glutton and winebibber (Matthew 11:19). We chafe at such accusation but obviously Jesus didn't earn that label by sitting up straight, hands neatly folded in His lap. He turned water into wine at Cana. He didn't chide Zacchaeus for climbing a tree to get a better view of Him. Rather, He was impressed that someone would act the kid and get out on a limb for Him. Pun intended.

 

How long has it been since you mixed a suicide at the soda fountain? Did the limbo rock at the skating rink? I never saw any purpose in a Chinese fire drill but what about bumper cars or a fast-falling rollercoaster ride? Jesus was as much youth pastor as Good Shepherd, suffering children to come to Him while the Pharisees questioned His presidentialness. "This man receives sinners, and eateth with them" (Luke 15:1). Oh m'gosh, He didn't check the carb index. Jesus could care less about the calorie label.

 

I think we ought to tell all Pharisees to go fly a kite. Kites are cool as they dance effortlessly with the wind. Or we could tell them to go jump in a lake. That was Elisha's instruction to haughty Naaman and it was the best instruction he could have given. When the Syrian general humbled himself as a child and dunked seven times in Jordan his youth returned, his leprous skin became fresh as a baby's. What I am trying to say is that religion deadens people's true passion for life. It turns courage into calculation, reckless abandon into what's prim and proper. The spiritual life deals with sin, sure, but the main objective is not making good little boys and girls that spend half their time and energy consulting a rulebook. The new birth is all about populating Father's house with children, not well-behaved altar boys. The gospel is good news. It makes room for sand between the toes, tuna sandwich picnics or in the winter making snowmen. And the dearest childlikeness is when a blown-up grown-up can lose his or herself in worship. Jesus said, "...of such is the kingdom of God".


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