My pastor wanted to make a point last night about how people would act if we were having the celebrity of their choice over for dinner but how in comparison we don’t treat God with the same enthusiasm or respect. To an extent he’s right. Plenty of people think to themselves (me included sometimes), “I hope church doesn’t run too long today,” while they probably wouldn’t think, “I hope my favorite celebrity doesn’t hang out with me for too long.” But he asked me which famous theologian or biblical scholar I’d want to have over for dinner and I honestly couldn’t think of any at the time.
I think it would be cool to sit down and chop it up with any number of scholars but in truth I’d much rather meet with a lot of you guys. I’ve developed what I consider to be genuine friendships with a lot of you and I’d probably have a much better time hanging out and sharing a meal with my peers than with some scholar whom I know only through his/her books. What about you? Given the chance who would you have dinner with?