Jesus Might Have Been a United Methodist

1) He could pull a covered dish meal together with bread, fish, and all the fixings at a moment’s notice. This is a hallmark of Methodism. (John 6:1-15)

2) Jesus never called meetings in any one central location. He always kept people on the move. (Luke 9:1-6)

3) Jesus never had any problems asking anyone to leave work for a mission trip. (Luke 5:1-11)

4) The women were the backbone of the church. Some we know well, some from the text, and some from context. (Luke 8:3)

5) He had a favorite place to sit in the synagogue. Every United Methodist has their special pew. (Luke 4:16)

6) Jesus believed in a strong camping ministry. (Matthew 4:1-12)

7) Jesus loved to have a BBQ out on the beach.  I know we do! (John 21:4)

8) He knows how to make his bed. This seems, for some reason, a very Methodist thing. (John 20:7)

9) Jesus liked to keep things simple, especially when it comes to church (and money). Wesley simplified complicated, hierarchical religious practices for ordinary people.   In this way, Jesus might be a United Methodist.  (John 2:13-16)

10) Jesus has a great outlook on life. (Matthew 6:25-34) Don’t worry, be happy.  He has this outlook without ever attending an annual conference, general conference, or district training workshop.  On this point, Jesus differs with United Methodists.  Do Methodists still have a great outlook? Are we happy go lucky Jesus people? Only time, conferences, councils, rulings, votes, hearings, more votes, rancorous arguments, and more rulings will tell how happy we really are.