I gotta admit, I’m a bit perplexed at Christianity these days, especially Christianity in America. Many expressions of the church look completely contrary to what I find in the life of Jesus. Many Christians champion values that I have no idea how to reconcile with the person of Jesus. To be honest, it feels quite discouraging at times. Thankfully, I know there are plenty of others who share this feeling (because you tell me regularly).
Consider the following quote from Walter Brueggemann.
Jesus, unlike most responsible American citizens, appears to do no work, and is accused of being a glutton and a drunkard. He is presented as homeless, propertyless, celibate, peripatetic [perpetual traveller], socially marginal, disdainful of kinsfolk, without a trade, a friend of outcasts and pariahs, averse to material possessions, without fear for his own safety, careless about purity regulations, critical of traditional authority, a thorn in the side of the Establishment, and a scourge of the rich and powerful.