Is Anyone Thinking About Jesus Today?
Niki Behrikis Shanahan
America’s #1 Hero in 2001 was Jesus Christ, according to The Harris Poll. A
nationwide cross-section of 1,022 adults were asked to name people they thought
of as heroes, without reviewing a list or having any names suggested to them.
The person mentioned most often was none other than Jesus Christ. The reasons
most often given for naming people as heroes were “doing what’s right regardless
of personal consequences,” “doing more than what other people expected,” and
“not giving up until goals are accomplished.”
The Harris Poll taken in February 2003 of 2,201 U.S. adults found that 80% of
the people polled believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, the
poll found that 26% of non-Christians surveyed believe in the resurrection of
Jewish people think about Jesus, too. There’s an organization called “Jews
for Jesus.” These are Jewish people who believe that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God. The movement started in the late 60’s. In the 70’s
branch offices were established all over the United States, and by
1995 their website was launched. Jews for Jesus is one of the most
extensive evangelistic outreaches to Jewish people in the world today.
Using contemporary themes and issues, Jews for Jesus presents the message that
Jesus is the Messiah to the Jewish population in urban areas.
Recently a man named Sean Pinkerton was thinking about Jesus when he created a stuffed doll in the image of Jesus. He began handing them out to both children and adults who he felt would benefit from the comfort of “Huggy Jesus.” The doll is becoming a collectors item, as each doll is numbered and comes with a personalized Certificate of Authenticity. Huggy Jesus is non-denominational and may be enjoyed by all. I would have to agree that I think Jesus is non-denominational, too.
1996, a boy named Zachary drew a picture of Jesus on a poster and wrote
“thankful for Jesus” for a kindergarten class Thanksgiving assignment. His
school in Medford, New Jersey, took it down from a hallway display. A year
later, he chose his favorite Bible story from his beginner’s Bible to read out
loud in class, but school officials wouldn’t let him read it. “They all made it
feel like religion was a bad thing,” Zachary told Fox News. A new Bush
administration policy that has made it possible for students to express their
religious convictions is facing challenges from activists who say the new rule
violates the Constitution. (Fox News, June 8, 2003) For more
information on this story, go
to the following Fox News link:
They have a National Jesus Day,
too. This year it was June 7, 2003, according to the website
http://www.jesusday.com. Jesus Day is a spin-off from March for Jesus, which began in England in the
1980s. The concept of Jesus Day was developed by Tom Pelton, who was the
President of March for Jesus USA from 1991-2001.
Some of the governors proclaimed June 10, 2000 as “Jesus Day.” One of them was
former Texas Governor George W. Bush.
What else can I say except that I think Jesus made a lasting impression. After all, who’s going to remember us in 2,000 years?
Niki Behrikis Shanahan is the author of “There Is Eternal Life For Animals,” A Book Based On Bible Scripture, Pete Publishing, www.eternalanimals.com. Available at amazon.com. Article copyright 2003 Niki Behrikis Shanahan. All rights reserved. Not to be used without author's explicit written authorization.
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