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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tree-top Science

Okay, Zacchaeus may be wealthy but genetics were not on his side. He's short. He reminds us of that one relative many have – the one lovingly nicknamed aunt or uncle "shortie." Clearly, he has learned how to compensate for being short by buying big houses, owning big chariots and powerful horses. “Today” is the day he will, compensate once again. Ahead of Jesus, Zacchaeus climbs up a tree that overhangs onto the highway. Finally they make eye contact. He sees Jesus. Wow! He has the beatific vision that we all hope for and it happens to this sinner. Jesus shouts, "Zacchaeus, come down." In essence Jesus says, "I see you. I love you. I want to come into your house. I want to dwell in the house of your very soul."

What happens next is both dramatic and powerful for a wealthy short guy that when he woke up was expecting a normal day like any other day. But this day became radically different. Because he has had the beatific vision of seeing God, he discovers there is only one response to make: Zacchaeus says, "Behold, half of my possessions, [mucho dinero] Lord, I will give to the poor and if I have extorted from anyone I shall repay it four times over."

So, Zacchaeus promised Jesus to give half of his property to the poor. About six months ago, a poll was launched and is now closed. HIA asked, “If a middle class Christian made the same promise of Zacchaeus’ in today’s economy, would God somehow provide? Or, realistically, would the person more-than-likely become destitute and live homeless?”

Here is how readers and subscribers responded …
58% believe that God would somehow provide.
41% believe that realistically speaking, the person would become homeless!

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