Could You Live Like Jesus for a Year?

Reverend Ed Dobson did just that, and the retired megachurch pastor found out that living like Jesus is tough. Really tough:

The retired megachurch pastor and one-time architect of the religious right has spent the last year trying to eat, pray, talk and even vote as Jesus would. His revelation: Being Jesus is tough.

"I've concluded that I am a follower, but I'm not a very good one," Dobson said. "If you get serious about the Bible, it will really mess you up."

But a year of living like Jesus has affected Dobson in deeply spiritual and unexpected ways. He has witnessed for Jesus in bars, picked up strangers needing rides and voted for a Democrat who he believes best reflects Christ's teachings. During recent Christmas celebrations, as Christians worshipped the Christ child born in a manger, Dobson appreciated more than ever the man who preached love, only to die on a cross.

Charles Honey of the Religion News Service has more on the fascinating story: Link

(Photo: Emily Zoladz/The Grand Rapid Press)

Note: A.J. Jacobs also did this and wrote a book about it: The Year of Living Biblically


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in response to the comment about ed being a megachurch paster and it being hard to reconcile.... not sure if you are from michigan, or the grand rapids area, but although calvery church where he used to be a pastor at has alot of attendees... and is very large, i, growing up there and now being an adult having some personal issues with said 'megachurches'. would not consider calvery to be a 'megachurch' in the sense that the word gives off to alot of people when first said. check the church out, or mars hill bible where ed speaks sometimes.... and is also considered a megachurch, but i dont believe fits in the catagory either.
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working for money to give to the poor, loving relationship with god, wanting the goverment to not control your life so that i can worship god freely,thank you jesus for making me a republican!!!!
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I tale off my hat to this man for wanting to live like Jesus, but after being influenced by technology and with the influence of technology that is all around us, I don’t think it is possible to live like Jesus. I do believe however that we can mimic the life of Jesus, which is what we are supposed to be doing anyway! After all the word Christian (I have been told) means to be like Christ. And if you think about it if we who call ourselves “Christians” were to live more like Jesus, our leaders would not need to go off somewhere and try to be like Jesus.
For the rest of you who read this, please don’t lift up the president, lift up our Nation. Pray for revival to break out in the White House! If a Holy Ghost fire gets started in Washington DC people will come from the four corners of the earth to watch it burn. If people gather around a fire some will get burned but all will come away with the smell of smoke.
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