Homeless or Jesus

Maxim Online has put up a browser game where you have to distinguish between images of homeless people and depictions of Jesus. From the introduction:

Have you ever gotten a homeless person confused with the Son of God, Jesus Christ? Well we certainly have. Now, utilizing the new LiquidGeneration game Homeless or Jesus you can test your ability to differentiate between the two.

Although this is harmless fun, it makes me think …

  1. Just a detail, but of course, bede is right when he points out in a comment on digg that Jesus himself was homeless when he was here on Earth.
  2. Maybe we should start looking for Jesus among the homeless, the disenfranchised, the fringe groups, … Just as an application of his own words:

    Matthew 25:34-40 (NASB) 34 "Then the King will say to those on His right, ‚Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 ‚For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.‘ 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‚Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 38 ‚And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‚And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?‘ 40 "And the King will answer and say to them, ‚Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.‘

    Of course, Leo Tolstoi has done a nice job of dealing with this question in his short story of Father Martin (German link, sorry).

  3. Would I recognize Jesus, if I met him? What would be the criteria I’d be looking for?

Über Christoph

Christoph Fischer (* 1978) ist Pfarrer der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Württemberg auf der Pfarrstelle „Erlöserkirche“ in Albstadt-Tailfingen.

Christoph ist verheiratet mit Rebecca. Gemeinsam haben sie drei Töchter.