Friday, June 22, 2007

Overloading Friday with Memes

Meme #1 Five Things I Dig About Jesus

I was tagged by Kevin. The instructions are:
1. Those Tagged will share 5 things they dig about Jesus.
2. Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers.
3. Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here of their meme so that others can read them.So here it goes:
1. Jesus roasted fish for his disciples on the beach at sunrise. I have good memories of having roast bluefish for breakfast on the beach growing up (I wrote about this in a previous post).
2. Jesus enjoyed good food and drink and conversation. He was the life of the party at weddings and banquets.
3. Jesus made time for children. I never trust anyone who doesn’t have time for children.
4. Jesus loves sinners. This gives me hope.
5. Jesus gave his life for the life of the world. I love that phrase, “for the life of the world,” which comes out of the Russian Orthodox liturgy.
I’m supposed to tag 5 others. I hate tagging others, just like I’ve never forwarded a chain letter, so I am going to be a non-conformist here. But I’d love to see how others might answer this meme, especially Murf as well as those of you from other traditions and religions. So if you're up for it, go for it.

MEME #2: Christ, another meme!

This meme comes from Poefrika, a wonderful poet from Africa. He did it with his two children, a son that’s nine and a daughter that’s seven. If you can, please take part and report your findings on your blog, or in the comments section here:

1. Tell a child who's not older than twelve that you're going to show them two pictures, and that their job is to tell you which one of them is Jesus Christ.
2. First show this image: IMAGE 1, then this one: IMAGE 2, and each time ask, "Is this Jesus Christ?"
3. What did they say? Report your findings on your blog or here.
4. Write a short note about whether it's the result you expected, and if not, what should we do as parents to make sure we get the result we expect?
5. This is a sensitive issue, don't tag anyone. Hope for volunteers, instead.

When I showed my daughter the first picture and asked if it was Jesus Christ, she said no. My heart dropped a bit thinking that she couldn’t imagine a Jesus of another race. Then I showed her the second one and she also said that wasn’t Jesus. When I asked her why, she said that we don’t know what Jesus looks like and then quoted from the sermon she heard on Sunday (the pastor was preaching on the second commandment—no graven images) and said we don’t know what Jesus looked like.


  1. I may have to sit this one out until I've read more. ;-) My nickname is The Tall 5 Year old. Can I show myself the pictures for the second one?

  2. Our Hindu Gods are very human. I argue with God all the time. The best part is I keep on arguing and he/she keeps keeps quiet. I vent my anger too and he/she just listens not letting a single word out.

    Hinduism has no problem about which God one worships or what religion or faith one follows.

    I have been to most places of worship i.e., temple,church, mosque, synagogue...and to places of other smaller religions..

    Sorry for rambling..:D

  3. Smart little girl you have on your hands!

  4. I can't believe she pays attention to that stuff. Last time I was in church, the pastor was so mellow, I thought I was going to fall asleep. :-)

  5. He could walk on water.
    His birthday is the best holiday of the year.
    He scorned religious hypocrites.
    He was kind to the sick, the poor and the weak.
    He could turn water into wine.

  6. guatami - thanks for sharing about the Hindu faith!

  7. In case you haven't noticed Sage, my meme is posted. Careful what you wish for. :-)

  8. Also, I'd like to point out that I did it without opening the Bible. I only open it for Kevin. For you, I open Powerpoint and create a timeline filled with women. :-)

  9. The Tall 5 Year Old, what was your result looking at the pictures

    Gautami, thanks for the insight into the Hindu faith

    Ed, she is smart--a lot smarter than I was when I was her age

    Murf, she likes the pastor and listens to him while she doodles on the bulletin. Thanks for posting your meme, as for the timeline...

    Diane, great list! Murf even borrowed from it but says she didn't.

  10. You wouldn't know this old adage, Sage but great minds think alike. In this case, that would be me and Diane. :-)

    The Tall 5 Year Old has decided to withhold comment on the pictures for fear of being shown up by an 8 year old.

  11. I remember going past one of those ridiculous year-round Christmas stores in Michigan somewhere. They had a blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus in a manger, which made my brother comment "Looks like Dr. Mengele got a hold of that one."

    I agree with your daughter. Insightful kid.


    here via michele tonight.

  12. and here's the five things i dig about jesus.

    1. that sh*t-fit he threw in the temple.
    2. stayed single - hanging with the boys into his early thirties.
    3. the playoff beard... though it precedes hockey.
    4. he was nice to hookers and lepers.
    5. even though he was in deep sh*t, he still managed to have some kind words with the dude on the cross next to him.

    boy... that was easier than i thought.

  13. Murf, why wouldn't I know that cliche?

    Prego #1: yeah, Jesus probably didn't have blue eyes, but I'm sure his mother did as she's always wearing those nice "Carolina Blue" robes in nativity scenes.

    Prego #2: A rough cut list from a true cynic--I like it.

  14. Great minds, Sage. ;-)

    Prego's #3 is my favorite!

  15. Murf, I once heard a preacher explain how Jesus paid the price for our sins, using a hockey analogy. I didn't know what the guy was talking about (concerning hockey, not the atonement).

  16. Great list! Two of your comments talk about life - being life and giving life. I think that's key.

  17. Wow, what a very astute answer by your daughter. That's what I was always taught as well. I wish we didn't have all those standard portraits and renderings.