Last weekend, Saturday Night Live showed a 2-minute mock trailer for DJesus Uncrossed, a Tarantino-esque movie that thankfully is just a joke! It’s strangely reminiscent of the Gandhi 2 trailer from the Weird Al movie, UHF (a classic!).
While the DJesus Uncrossed trailer is meant to be funny, it’s carries a serious message that too many folks think is real–the peacemaking Jesus coming back with a vengeance. If this fake movie ever really existed, we’d never show it in Sunday school. But in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways, churches continue to teach children that Jesus may have said ‘turn the other cheek’ during his first sojourn on earth, but when he comes back he’s bringing fire and brimstone. But this isn’t the Jesus I know. And this isn’t the type of faith I was to nurture in young people. I don’t want to nurture a turn or burn faith. I want to nurture a faith that is loving and humble. I don’t want to nurture a faith that makes room for revenge. I want to nurture a faith that makes room for going the extra mile. And so DJesus Uncrossed may make me laugh, but it presses me on in my mission to cultivate a generation of young disciples who don’t go around “killing Ro-mans,” but who make peace and seek justice.