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American Jesus
by Kevin Limiti

I saw Jesus the other day.

He was coming home from work, carrying a cross on his shoulder, dressed ina nice suit with a nice red tie.

I saw Jesus when I was washing my car. He carried a skateboard under his arm, listening to his ipod, with a bright red mohawk for a haircut. He looked my way and I winced.

I saw Jesus when I was leaving church. He was across the street in the alleyway, smoking a joint and laughing. He looked very friendly, but I ignored him and continued on my way.

I saw Jesus when I went camping. He was very drunk and set fire to his tent. I felt the urge to do something, but I stayed back and watched because he had long, wild hair and was listening to Iron Maiden.

They are my American Jesus.

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Insert amusing anecdote here.


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by FinnMacCool

I've no idea why
but the drunk Jesus setting his tent on fire made me laugh like a maniac... possibly because it's reminiscent of the sort of thing I’m apt to do ;)

the first thing that stands out about this is the narrator’s recognition, that he sees Jesus were others might miss him, that he’s sensitive to some quality in all these ordinary, seemingly unconnected people… don’t know what you’d call this Jesusness exactly, but I like the way its found in unlikely places… perhaps its in all of us…

second thing that stands out is that, when confronted with this Jesusness, the narrator ignores it or turns away from it, which is just… which is just exactly what humans do, when faced with the extraordinary or with revelations (of any kind, be they religious or secular)…

I got to pondering this. it’s deeper than it first appears. now I have Joan Osborne’s ‘what if God was one of us?’ going round in my head… and I don’t much like that song either… it’s okay, I forgive you.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: August 14, 2007 )

American Jesus
I got this totally. Like, AuldMiseryGuts, I too laughed at the Jesus who set his tent on fire and was listening to IronMaiden. Good stuff.

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: August 14, 2007 )

Jesus is Everywhere
What you have said here is proof that Jesus is everywhere and with us all, no matter what our environment happens to be or what we are doing. If only more people's eyes were open to this reality!

-ArsPoet2789ica

( Posted by: ArsPoet2789ica [Member] On: August 17, 2007 )





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