That’s right, Jesus Christ and the Vehicle Code. In honor of this Easter weekend, I thought I’d post another Jesus-rific related post. Recently, over at Jon Acuff’s blog he wrote a post about being selfish. I took what he had to heart and have been getting up early each day for a bit of quiet time.
Matthew 25:40, “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.'”
What does that mean? To me, it means I need to treat everyone as if they were Christ himself. That is one tall order. It’s hard enough to do in every day life. When you throw in being a police officer, it gets even trickier. I don’t just stop to chat with folks. More often than not, they’re not too awful happy to see me.
I’ve tried to keep in my head how I should act toward others. I try to keep in mind the Golden Rule:
Matthew 7:12, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
The problem is there are a number of times when that particular nugget of wisdom isn’t instilled in the other half of the equation. You know those bumper stickers that say “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do)? I thought of three things I think Jesus would do:
1. Jesus would resist the urge to call me an egomaniacal assclown. I have been called a myriad of less than complimentary names. I’ve read where Jesus called Pharisees “hypocrites” and I know he had strong words for others, but I’m convinced he would refrain from anything much stronger. Consequently, I tend to think you get what you give. I’m still respectful, but I tend to turn up the curt if the attitude I’m met with isn’t terribly polite.
2. Jesus would use his turn signal. (See also Jesus wouldn’t block the crosswalk). Jesus is a rules guy. I know this. I don’t see him cutting folks off. As a matter of fact, I’ll take it a step further. Jesus would wait for his proper time to merge. Then, he’d throw up a wave/blessing in thanks for letting him in. He’s that kind of driver.
3. Jesus would turn water into wine…but he wouldn’t drink it and then drive. You know the guy that always shows up to the party with an adult libation even when you told him, “No, it’s cool, man. Just show up. We got it all covered!”? That guy is Jesus. Only, he’d show up, throw on the tap in the sink and BAM…kegerator. On the flip side, though, Jesus would collect every one’s keys, call them taxis driven by Heavenly Hosts, and make sure everyone made it home safely. He’s like the Evangelical Designated Driver.
So, yeah, I should treat the least of people as if they were Jesus Christ. I think of it like the TV show Undercover Boss. You never know who the new cashier is in the Young Miss section of Macy’s (don’t judge me). Could be the CEO, right? The thing of it is, though, that the CEO never flips out and starts cussing people out. I don’t think Jesus would do that either. Consequently, when I’m met with that kind of attitude, I think I get a little leniency to dial down the politeness and amp up the authority.
What about you? Have you ever handled a situation and thought to yourself, “Oh man, maybe I shouldn’t have boxed the ears of the Blockbuster video guy because all the copies of Like Water for Chocolate were rented”?
Again, don’t judge me.