This thought occurred to me while attending a men’s Bible study at my church. Seinfeld was a TV program about nothing and though Jesus is everything, His 3 year ministry, if I can use that much overused and inadequate-meaning word when it comes to Jesus, came from an earthly city where nothing good ever came from and was largely surrounded by a people who were considered nothing. People surrounded by poverty, despair, hopelessness, nothingness.
Seinfeld made laughs out of nothing whereas Jesus made the heavens and earth out of nothing and gave people without hope and a future an eternal relationship with the God of the Universe.
Other than both being Jewish, the similarities stop there. Jerry found humor in the mundane things of life and Jesus found joy with just doing the Father’s will largely amongst the marginalized people around Him. Jerry had unique friends to bond with and Jesus spent time with tax collectors, prostitutes and other sinners. Jerry and his friends saw parents as a people to avoid. Jesus only and always did what the Father was doing and even while hanging on the cross made sure His Mother was taken care of. Jerry lived in a nice apartment in New York; Jesus never had a place to call His own. Jerry’s focus was having fun, the coffee shop, girls; Jesus’ focus was His Father’s glory, establishing a kingdom ruled by love, and meeting the needs of whoever God placed in His path.
Yet, many of us, me included, wouldn’t miss a Seinfeld rerun for anything and can quote line after line of Seinfeld episodes but spend little or no time with Jesus. Jerry, Elaine, George, Kramer, are almost family to many of us but we know little, if anything, about Jesus and His disciples and friends.
Why? What gives? Why are we so out of touch with what matters most in life? Is it poor priorities; poor time management skills; muddled thinking, self-absorption? You want to spend time with the people you love so are we saying we love Seinfeld more than Jesus? Perhaps the answer can be found in asking the question “What Would Jesus Do”? Would He spend time with us or watch Seinfeld reruns? God the Son whom through all things were created yet didn’t have a house, TV, paying job……was telling us by His lifestyle what was most important to Him, people, so I think we know what Jesus would do!
With me, bad habits seem to develop without much thought or because there’s no thought. They start out as entertainment, killing time and before long are controlling me. Perhaps that’s why Jesus stressed the importance of renewing our minds, learn to act/respond correctly. Or, as an old friend use to tell me, “stop, think and act differently”. There’s nothing wrong with joining Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer at the coffee shop. The problem starts perhaps when we have to.