An Interview With Jesus Christ
By Charles Rayner Kelly
December 16, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -
Interviewer: Thanks for coming on the St. Matthew the Evangelist Show, Jesus. I know youíre a busy man so letís get right to it. You probably know of the great income disparity in the world today. What would you tell those who call themselves ĎChristiansí to do about it?
Jesus: Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. 19:21
Interviewer: Gee, I donít hear any televangelist saying that. Thatís a pretty hard thing to do, give all your money to the poor. No wonder there arenít that many true Christians.
Jesus: Many are called but few are chosen. 22: 14 The harvest is rich, but laborers are few. 9:37
Interviewer: But youíre saying the opposite of what our consumer culture is telling us, that we should be as rich as we possibly can.
Jesus: You canít serve both God and money. 6:24 You must worship God and serve him alone. 4:10
Interviewer: So youíre saying we shouldnít want to be rich, huh?
Jesus: I tell you truly, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. 19:23 It is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 7: 14 Many who are first will be last, and the last, first. 19:30
Interviewer: Yikes, it sounds like there are a lot of rich and famous people we wonít be seeing in the hereafter. What would you tell the Occupy Wall St. folks, who are protesting the inequalities of our economic and political system?
Jesus: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice. 5:6
Interviewer: But theyíre getting beat up by the police!
Jesus: Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of righteousness. 5:10 Donít be afraid of those who can kill the body, but not kill the spirit. 10: 28
Interviewer: But theyíll haul them off to court to face a judge. What then?
Jesus: Donít worry about how to speak or what to say, because it is not you who will be speaking. The Holy Spirit will be speaking through you. 10:19, 20
Interviewer: But youíre facing a court of law.
Jesus: The weightier matters of the Law are justice, mercy and faithfulness. 23: 23
Interviewer: Golly, Iím not sure they teach that even in Christian law schools! I gotta tell ya, the police state and all, sometimes I get scared, not for myself but for my kids and grandkids.
Jesus: Donít worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. 6:34
Interviewer: Yeah, but itís still a little scary.
Jesus: Why are you frightened, oh ye of little faith? 8: 26
Interviewer: Well, okay, I admit Iím a little lacking there.
Jesus: Donít be afraid. 17:7 If your faith was the size of a mustard seed, nothing would be impossible. 17:20
Interviewer: Do you think we should be going to church more?
Jesus: When you pray, go to your private room and pray to your Father, who is in that secret place. 6:6
Interviewer: The churches are telling people to be critical of abortion, contraception, gays, and all things pubic. What would you tell them?
Jesus: Do not judge and you will not be judged, because the judgments you give are the judgments you will get, and the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given. 7: 1, 2 That is how my heavenly Father will deal with you, unless you forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart. 18:35
Interviewer: There are a lot of people making huge sacrifices for those causes. What do you want from them?
Jesus: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. 9: 13
Interviewer: But what our priests and preachers and televangelists are saying is so opposite to that!
Jesus: Beware of false prophets! 7: 15 The tree can be told by its fruit. 12: 34 It is not those who say ĎLord, Lordí who will enter the kingdom, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:21
Interviewer: Have you been reading about pedophiles in the clergy recently?
Jesus: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God. 18: 3 Never despise any of these little ones. Their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father. 18:10
Interviewer: What do you think of free speech? Does anything go?
Jesus: By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words condemned. 12: 37 The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is these that make a person unclean. 15:18
Interviewer: You probably know whatís happening between the US and Iran today. What words of wisdom would you give Americans to meet this crisis?
Jesus: Always treat others as you would like them to treat you. 7: 12 Do not be afraid. 14:28
Interviewer: Fair enough, but what will we tell the Zionists who are goading us into a war?
Jesus: Hypocrites! It was you Isaiah meant when he so rightly prophesied: This people honors me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me. 15: 7,8
Interviewer: Is there anything youíd like to say to us to wrap things up?
Jesus: O, faithless and perverse generation! 17:17 What does it gain for a person to win the world and lose his soul? And what will a person offer in exchange for her soul? 16:26 You are all brothers and sisters. 23: 8
Interviewer: Gosh, why is it that humans just canít seem to get things straight?
Jesus: The worries of this world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word. 13: 22
Interviewer: Hey, I gotta tell ya that this has been great, and probably wonderful for the showís ratings. Thanks a lot.
Jesus: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 6: 21
Charles Rayner Kelly, a retired educator, philosopher and novelist, currently resides in southern Arizona, USA. Among his works are Little Poor Man: The Story of St. Francis of Assisi, Keeper of The Sacred Pipe, Flight of the Goddess, and Black Robe.
This article was originally posted at Brave New World