Country Club Jesus Speaks!
Country Club Jesus speaks to us in many ways. Ironically, Country Club Jesus, perhaps soon to be an American icon (lol), is neither American, nor speaks English. Even more shocking, is that Jesus was a Jew. Of course, this week’s comic touches on all three of these issues. Hearkening back to the days when country clubs simply did not accept non-whites or non-Christians, the revelation of Jesus’ Jewishness would be better kept as a secret, and better to let people assume that the Christ is in fact a Christian. Returning to current day America, with a new brand of xenophobia, suspicions of the need to exclude would probably center more around Jesus as a Middle Eastern man rather than a Jew. Profiling Middle Eastern men as potential terrorists it second nature in America today, and may even be classified as a national hobby/obsession. Notwithstanding, I’m most curious as to how the English-only crowd sees Jesus who in reality is a foreign speaking (Aramaic), well, foreigner. Even more oddly for the American English-only crowd, they seem to often have a fetish with the King James version of the Bible, which is hardly an American version of English, let alone modern-day British English, since it was completed in 1611. Sticking to such a version strikes me as an unwise balance between tradition and accessibility. I would argue that if the Bible cannot be translated into more accessible English, in the case of American English speakers, then there must be some fundamental disconnect between biblical truths and modern life (which I don’t believe to be true). I also find it incredibly ironic that one of the most popular version of the Bible was commissioned and given oversight by a monarch, a king. I find this ironic because I see Jesus as standing against worldly authorities, monarchies, and the like. But hey, I guess you’ve got to have a wealthy and powerful sponsor to get your message across. Maybe we should sell naming rights to the next version. How about the Wal-Mart Bible, or the Exxon Mobil Bible, or the Bank of America Bible, the McDonald’s Bible, or the J.P. Morgan Chase Bible?
So, until next Sunday, with the next edition of Comedian Jesus, CEO Jesus, Country Club Jesus, etc., let me know what you think.