The conversation we had on the way to church for the Ash Wednesday service last night was interesting if not profound.
One of Mike's old friends has been coming to our church off and on for the last several months. He is in and out of his mom's house because of drug issues. Lately he has been living in the homeless shelter and not at home. He knows that on Wednesday nights we serve supper at church. When he comes someone always covers his meal.
One Wednesday a few weeks ago he brought some of the guys from the shelter with him and it caused a bit of a stir. They were a rough bunch. They didn't do anything inappropriate but they did wander around the building and make a lot of people nervous. One of them was pretty drunk or high.
So last night we were talking about whether or not it was OK to "kick someone out of church." They mentioned that maybe this friend of Mike's shouldn't be allowed to come to church because he "invited those guys to church to eat." "Why would he invite a drunk guy to church?" they asked.
I said, "well, I think all that he knew is that the guy was homeless and hungry and we had food. I'm not sure that he thought about it any more than that."
I then had to go on to talk about Matthew 25 and how Jesus says, "if you do it to the least of me, you've done it unto me." I explained that that guy gave us an opportunity to serve dinner to Jesus.
So Leon and Wilson were asking me if Jesus was drunk and started referring to our church as a place that would serve dinner to drunk Jesus.
I didn't get into the whole theological debate as to whether or not Jesus ever was drunk or if it was OK for us to talk about "drunk Jesus."
But I've been thinking about it ever since. Could it be that every church should be a church that "serves dinner to drunk Jesus."