At least he was honest
enough to admit it. “I have a real problem with Jesus on this
I had just shown a clip from our upcoming documentary
film When God Left the Building, which shows a
Christian police officer who wants to start an outreach in a local
After viewing the clip, this man approached me and shared his
discomfort with Christians who would allow themselves to be seen in
or near a bar. “What kind of witness is that?” he asked.
“Especially when the Bible is so clear about the evils of
I reminded him that Jesus faced criticism for hanging out with
those whom the religious establishment looked down upon. “The Son
of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton
and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”
“I know,” he said. “And that bothers me.”
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He told me how alcohol is the root of “all of society’s
problems.” He said he seizes every opportunity to condemn those who
drink. “We are called to confront sin whenever we see it,” he said.
“And that policeman is not helping the cause.”
Before I could remind this man of Jesus’ first miracle, he
brought it up. “I know Jesus turned water into wine,” he said.
“That’s always bothered me.”
I asked, “If Jesus were standing right here, what would you say
He said, “I’d ask him, ‘What were you thinking?!’”
Things haven’t changed much from Jesus’ time. Some religious
folk still seem to find delicious delight in one-upping Jesus when
it comes to delivering judgment.