Chris Brady’s most recent post entitled “Jesus Christ is Unavailable for Comment” provides a good model for how to be an introspective person. He takes a story first cited by Jim West about someone who in the opinion of many may be certifiably insane and uses the story as an opportunity for self-reflection. The story was about a juror who had officially had her name changed to “Jesus Christ.” That is enough perhaps to invite mockery, but Chris ends his post:
There have, of course, been numerous TV shows and novels that have used the Jesus was a madman motif and of course society always rejects the figure. But it always makes me ponder and I always come to the same conclusion: if I had been around in the first century to hear and see Jesus I am not so sure that I would have hailed him as Lord.
It is quite easy to point out when other people are crazy. We have an endless pool of resources to draw upon, modern as well as historical. It is more difficult, I think, to take the craziness of the world as an opportunity to ponder one’s own life.