Is Jesus a Loser?

I would say no, if we’re talking cosmic terms.  But Jesus loved losers.

Peter Beinert wrote an excellent article for The Atlantic yesterday about President Trump’s tendency to categorize people into W-L columns:

“for him, America’s primary goal is not freedom or tolerance. It’s success. Trump espouses no deeply held political, religious, or moral doctrine. He sees government through the lens of business. And thus, he’s more comfortable with the language of winning and losing than the language of right and wrong.”

In addition to the terrorists responsible for the Manchester tragedy, President Trump has called these people losers according the same article:

  • Standard & Poor’s credit-ratings agency
  • Rosie O’Donnell
  • George Will
  • Cher
  • Salon
  • Huffington Post
  • Karl Rove
  • Graydon Carter
  • Marc Cuban
  • Marco Rubio
  • Ted Cruz
  • The Club for Growth
  • Ana Navarro
  • The New York Daily News
  • A Scottish farmer who tried to keep him from building a golf course
  • The Republican Party

Marci Glass also wrote an excellent post about Losers yesterday and she is right to note that we are all losers – thanks be to God.  One of my favorite songs best captures this point.

Life requires losing.  Without it we will never learn/grow/understand/empathize/win.  Without losing, there is no resurrection.

I don’t have problems with calling terrorists losers if “monsters” give them a rush.  But knowing that losing is an ordinary fact of life, I do have a problem with calling terrorists “losers” if it makes them sound ordinary.  I never want terrorism to be considered ordinary.

Jesus was extraordinary. What makes him holy is that he died for the losers and that love – to the point of death  – changes everything.

Love is our primary goal if we are serious about being 21st Century disciples of Jesus.  Love.

We lose the whole point of life if we miss that.

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