Friday, September 23, 2005

Body Surfing With Jesus

This morning on the news, I saw the Galveston police forcibly remove a man from the ocean, handcuff him, and, presumeably, arrest him. This man apparently wanted to body surf on the waves this morning.

My first thought was if that guy wants to put himself in danger, let him. He knows the risks, and if he's stupid enough to swim during a hurricane, let his consequences be what they may. Then I felt a little guilty, knowing that I also have stupid moments.

Here's my question: If Jesus were in Texas today helping people evacuate, how would he handle the man who didn't want to leave the beach?


Tony Arnold said...

Tough question. Jesus had a leg up on us. It seemed he could look into the heart and see what was there. Or at least His countenance forced men to reveal their hearts. Then He knew how to respond.

But, not to dodge the question: Calm the waters?


Royce Ogle said...

Tony! You are quick!

Tony Arnold said...

Be hard to surf with calm waters, wouldn't it Royce?

jettybetty said...

But since I am supposed to be Jesus, and I couldn't see the dude's heart--how should I handle him--probably try to rescue him just like the police--like you say I certainly have my stupid moments, too!


Jana said...

Great question. But I rarely ever have an answer to a WWJD question. I say let the crazy man surf!!!

Tony Arnold said...

These discussions remind me of something Randy Harris said.

"I don't have a problem with the WWJD (what would Jesus do) bracelets. It is a nice sentiment.

What concerns me are we prepared to know what Jesus would do? Has the church done its job in helping us to understand what He would do?"

For me, I don't thing I have prepared well enough to know. Must go study some now...


Ayatollah Mugsy said...

I cannot speak to what Jesus would do, but I personally would leave the man to his surfing. After all, how often does the opportunity to catch such a mighty wave arise in Galveston?