My Name is Wanda…but not Sykes

A photo of The Thinker by Rodin located at the Musée Rodin in Paris
There is a meme going around, where you say your name, but then you deny being a famous person with the same first name as yours.
Example: I am Michael… but not Jackson.
While the game may seem silly to some, it makes an important theological point.
Society today recognizes many different beings named Jesus. But they are not all the same Jesus.  Just as if you got the opportunity to spend even an hour with Wanda Sykes, it would be clear that she is not the Wanda that wrote this blog.   While it is true that we have some things in common, she is funny, many think that I am too. She is a breast cancer survivor, I am too. We soon run out of similarities.  For example, I am married to a man, she is married to a woman, She is a liberal, I am a conservative.  This is true for many of the ones called Jesus as well. Some say that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer, some say that he is superior to Lucifer. Some claim that Jesus is gay, others say that he is straight, one Jesus supposedly married a woman, others say that he was celibate his entire life. They can’t all be talking about the same Jesus!

Just as I could not give you permission to enter Wanda Sykes home, these Jesuses that are not in the Bible can’t welcome you into the real Jesus home in Heaven. The best way to make sure that you have the right Jesus is to study his biography, the Bible.  Not just a snippet here, and a snippet there or you will be in danger of making the same mistake that you would be at risk of if you knew that both Wanda Sykes and I are breast cancer survivors.

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