But Jesus was not so fussy about his own body. He let himself be touched by a bleeding woman. He cavorted with women who had sex for a living. Jesus’ body touched the bodies of the sexually unclean and the socially unwanted. If Jesus did not keep his body from contact with the sinful and the unclean, why should we?
A friend of mine sent along a copy of Sandra Barnes’ Live Long And Prosper: How Black Megachurches Address HIV/AIDS and Poverty in the Age of Prosperity Theology. I plan on examining these issues, how does one deal with the homeless, the poor, the sick and burdened? Are these peoples’ bodily presences something to be just “tolerated” as burdens? Are they objects that we should write movies about encouraging other co-religionists to shun them ala Tyler Perry?