I often regard Jesus of Nazareth as one of my role models. Despite whatever religious standpoint you may have, Jesusâ€™ overall value as a person during his life on Earth was one of undoubted goodness.
I myself wasnâ€™t raised to have any religion, but thanks to Catholic school education, I know a whole lot about Jesus.
People of faith now are often pegged as celibate, non-partiers who judge anyone who partakes in such actions or events. Itâ€™s easy to forget Jesusâ€™ most basic and more emphasized teachings.
As a college student, I sometimes ask myself what Jesus would do in my situation. Itâ€™s almost comical to picture Jesus in a dorm room, going to classes in Chapman.
Jesusâ€™ adolescence is almost completely void in the Bible. In fact, one of the few events in the Bible from Jesusâ€™ college-aged years is when he accompanied his mother Mary to a wedding and turned the water into wine, at his motherâ€™s request. And thatâ€™s pretty frat if you ask me.
First off, Jesus was undeniably inclusive. He often associated himself with the most hated people of his time â€” the tax collectors, the poor and the diseased. He did not judge them. Â Often he spent his days with them, getting to know them and teaching them his message of salvation, but also of tremendous love. Thus I would conclude that if Jesus went to Trinity he wouldnâ€™t be a part of the elite. He would go to all those events in the Fiesta room that are attended by under five people because one too many Trinity students, whether theyâ€™d admit it or not, consider themselves too good to lend some time to small organizations. I think youâ€™d find Jesus there, having a great time.
I think Jesus would have a lot of friends. I think heâ€™d get to know each and every person he met. I donâ€™t think Jesus would care what that personâ€™s reputation was on campus; if they were a 4.0 student who spent free time on the internet alone in their room or a drug user who went out every night of the week. In fact, I think Jesus would go to parties. Afterall, Jesus went to social gatherings in the Bible. The more people to teach his message of love and acceptance, the better.
Jesus emphasized that it is of the utmost importance to treat others how youâ€™d like to be treated, not, may I remind readers, how they treat you. That leads me to think that Jesus would not have one bad thing to say about anyone on campus â€” no matter how much their views differ from his or how they acted towards him. Jesus would see the good in every student, professor, staff and the like.
Jesus would volunteer, Iâ€™m sure â€¦ but heâ€™d also help those in need without the formal structure of a volunteer excursion. Thereâ€™s a passage in the Bible that says:
â€œâ€˜For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.â€™ Then the righteous will answer him, â€˜Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?â€™ The King will reply, â€˜Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.â€™â€
Jesus would use all of his bonus bucks on you regardless of if he needed them or not.
This is how Iâ€™d like to imagine Jesus, although Iâ€™m sure there are thousands of othersâ€™ interpretations. If youâ€™d like to share yours, Iâ€™d be happy to hear it.