I’m Coming Soon…To The Hospitals Near You

Fair warning: If you believe in the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory, then please be advised NOT to read further.

If, on the hand, you are atheist, Buddhist, Confucian, Druid, Gnostic, Hare Krishna, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Rastafarian, Scientologist, Shintoist, Sikh, Taoist or Wiccan, then I wouldn’t worry about hurting your religious feelings.

A few months back, a friend of mine alerted me to the following job opportunity advertised on Monster.com: jesus job There is more where this came from:

For the position of  Video producer,  it is important that applicants demonstrate spiritual maturity, including a professed relationship with Jesus Christ, a consistent and deep personal walk with the Lord…

Worthiness Qualification for the position of Java Engineer at the Corp of the Presiding Bishop Riverton, UT stated as following: Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.

On the first read, I found it exceedingly humorous. On the second read — not so much. Apparently, there is a specific exception that exempts religious organizations from the prohibition against discriminating on the basis of religion.  Put another way, religious organizations can discriminate against employees on the basis of religion!

This ability to discriminate on the basis of religion has been applied to mean not only for clergy and religious positions, but also for administrative and support positions.  The church can insist that its janitors, kitchen help, secretaries, and all staff be Christian even though there is no religious-function directly related to those positions. ( Religious Discrimination: Can a Church Hire/Fire Someone Based on Religious Beliefs?)

Understandably, it upsets aspiring non-Christian janitors, kitchen aids etc., seeking employment and hoping for fair, equal opportunity hiring practices. Jesus must be your Lord or you will not get that job, don’t even think about it. Tough titty, said the kitty…

Church affiliated hospitals, particularly Evangelical, always prefer and often require  professed relationship with Jesus Christ from the medical personnel as well. I speak only for myself when I say that I care less about my doctor’s temple worthiness or his/her walks with the Lord…

Perhaps, the spiritual maturity and Christian values make those doctors if not more qualified then more compassionate? Not necessarily. As it turns out, and duly reported in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers from the University of Chicago and Yale New Haven Hospital report that 31 percent of physicians who were more religious — as measured by “intrinsic religiosity” as well as frequency of attendance at religious services — practiced among the under-served, compared to 35 percent of physicians who described their religion as atheist, agnostic or none. (Religious Doctors No More Likely To Care For Underserved Patients). Go and figure. Jesus Christ must be mightily disappointed in humanity.

This post is quickly becoming a lot more serious than intended. Let’s infuse some humor into it. Forging meaningful relationships isn’t easy. The same is true, it seems, if you choose to consistently walk with Jesus…

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If you happened to watch The Bible, a TV series on History Channel, you might’ve noticed an uncanny resemblance between The Bible’s and the cartoon’s Jesus. I wonder if Diogo Morgado, Brazilian actor and model playing Jesus in The Bible, was required to profess his belief in immaculate conception or commune with the Holy Spirit in preparation for the role.

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The see-through hole in Jesus’ hand makes you wonder about the divine healing powers… “I am coming soon,” Jesus says reassuringly in the episode, appropriately aired on Easter Sunday. Coming soon… to the hospital near you? Blasphemy, I know.

And finally, my favorite mortal Jesus — Tim Hwang, singing his heart out in a Korean musical Jesus Jesus.

“When I received the offer to act in the musical, I was troubled by it. As this is my first time to act in a grand musical and I’m also playing Jesus, the pressure is huge. But I’ll be practicing hard, together with the other actors,” Tim Hwang said.

“When I received the offer to act in the musical, I was troubled by it. As this is my first time to act in a grand musical and I’m also playing Jesus, the pressure is huge. But I’ll be practicing hard, together with the other actors,” Tim Hwang said.


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