THE CENSUS TAKER FROM ROME
I am reminded of a story told of a cesus taker from Rome, who went to Galilee around 28 A.D. As he entered the region he came upon a man sitting on a donkey. he man had long hair and a flowing beard. He wore an old cloak, sandals, and beads.
Pardon me the census taker said, but I am taking a census of Galilee, and would you mind answering a few questions? Not at all said the man on the donkey I believe in rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. Well, then what is your job?
I have no job said the man. Consider the lilies of the field, they toil not and neither do they spin? Where is your family? I have no family. I left my mother and father and my brothers and sisters.
Unhuh! Said the censor taker to himself: No Job, no fixed abode.
Now do you belong to any clubs? Are you a mason, or you an Alpha, Sigma, Kappa, Iota, or Omega? The man said, “No man can serve two masters at one time!
Do you go to school said the census taker? The man answered and said, “No I don’t go to school, “For which of us taking thought can add one cubit to his stature. Do you have money or any visible means of support? The man shook his head; “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and dust doth corrupt, he said.”
Are you registered for military service? Not exactly you see, for I do not do evil for evil, but I overcome evil with good. What is your address? “The foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nest: but I have no where to lay my head. Who are your friends? I go among the publicans and sinners.
The census taker wrote down on his sheet what manner of man is this…hippy character, school dropout, no permanent address, no job, a draft dodger, pacifist, conscientious objector, associates with the lowest folks in town…What manner of man is this?
But sir, before I go, can I ask you one more thing for the record to be straight, what is manner of man are you and what is your name?
The bearded man smiled sadly, looked around and said, ”Some call me the Son of Man. Some call me the Rose of Sharon. Some call me not just Alpha or Omega, but Alpha and Omega! Some just call me Savior, some call me Lord, but some call me Jesus! What manner of man is my Jesus? Do you know Him today?
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