Yesterday I tried to do some street theology as part of the Tree of Life project in Birmingham, it lasted 6 minutes before I was kicked out of the shopping centre by 2 burly security guards.

This is what I did: I took a huge sandwich board that declared, ‘stick your gum here.’ Below the garish pink lettering was a beautiful picture of Jesus on the cross. The idea was to engage with people about what atonement/ propitiation/ expiation means. Some people said, ‘that’s not very nice sticking gum on Jesus.’ I simply replied, ‘that’s the whole point.’ One lad said that he would receive a piece of free gum but didn’t want to stick it on Jesus. Yet, when I explained what the point of the picture was, that Jesus had taken upon himself all the rubbish and brokenness of the world, that he had taken upon himself this man’s sin, he also stuck his gum on the picture.

3 thoughts on “Chewing gum in the face of Jesus.

  1. It’s worth stating that I had some explanation on the other side that said, ‘Once upon a time there was a man who took upon himself all the rubbish, hate and brokenness of the world.’ It then had a verse from the bible which said: ‘This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.’

  2. Interesting how folk knew that it wasn’t right, just like when you ask folk to be the crowd shouting “Crucify” on Good Friday. Deep down, folk know…
    And the advantage of this approach, is that they can understand the reality.

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