Why Can’t Jesus Mind His Own Business?

Many people take issue with Christians meddling in their affairs, whether in one’s private individual life or the public sphere. And while Christians (like others) can certainly be busybodies, John Stott makes a more disturbing point: Jesus is the ultimate meddler, and we really don’t like it.

[Jesus] is still, as C.S. Lewis called him, ‘a transcendental interferer.’ We resent his intrusions into our privacy, his demand for our homage, his expectation for our obedience. Why can’t he mind his own business, we ask petulantly, and leave us alone? To which he instantly replies that we are his business and that he will never leave us alone.

So we too perceive him as a threatening rival, who disturbs our peace, upsets our status quo, undermines our authority, and diminishes our self-respect.

We too want to get rid of him.

The Cross of Christ, p. 54 (Emphases and line breaks mine.)

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