The Anti-Social Personality of Jesus Christ
Jesus is against the world…another way of saying this is Jesus has an Anti-Social Personality.
By Anti-Social I mean neither the clinical psychology diagnosis of Anti-Social Personality Disorder (one who breaks laws) nor do I mean Anti-Social in the popular sense (that he's a recluse and avoids social company). What I mean by Anti-Social is that Christ is against the norms of society which run against the will of his Father and that no amount of taboo violation is off limits for the Master. In this way, Jesus shares the Anti-Social temperament of every prophet that wags their finger and raises their voice against the sins of people and society.
Thus, at the dinner party Jesus offends the host (Luke 7:39), at the temple he overturns the tables of the money changers (Mark 11:15), and at every opportunity to avoid the offense of the religious authorities Jesus instead makes a point to antagonize (Matthew 12:2).
But why would I say that Jesus' *personality* is anti-social? Why not simply say that his calling constrained him to offend? The reason is that the doctrine of God represented by the Bible would say that the behavior of Jesus radiates from his character. His character is imprinted on his psyche or personality and, thus, the very nature of God living in a fallen and God-rebelling world makes Jesus the Anti-Social Savior.
The irony is that the very institutions Jesus (in his Father) set up, Judaism, are the things that proved the deepest thorn in his earthly ministry - ultimately culminating in his crucifixion under Pontius Pilate.
So if Jesus were to come down and visit the local church today, and the world at large, he would not pull a papal move (no ring kissing). Jesus would be calling the authority card of every church, every pastor, and every government system and refusing to dance when they play the pipe, and to mourn when they sing the dirge (Matt 11:17). Jesus doesn't bow to man, even if mankind doesn't like it.
When Jesus is in the synagogue he grew up in, they all speak well of him… Then Jesus burns his favor to ash by beginning to berate them because they are treating him as a familiar, a local boy, as someone they know and can control (Luke 4). That leads Jesus to say that God's mercy in the Old Testament was very often to those outside the Jewish community - Naaman the Syrian, the Widow that Elijah helped... and thus setting up for the next 2000 years God's kindness to the Gentiles and severity to the Jews. In the next scene Christ is on the edge of the cliff in his hometown about to be thrown off before a miraculous intervention lets him simply walk away. Those nearest to God most often abuse and neglect his privileges, those furthest from him learn to esteem them most.
The scariest thing about Jesus is that all of us today, near and far, think of him as something clear cut, and familiar. We think we know Jesus, we think we know what to expect. But here's the thing, many people will say "Lord, Lord" to Jesus on the last day and they will be rejected (Matthew 7:23). Many people will stroll up to heaven's gates expecting a warm welcome and the gate will be barred.
Jesus is an Anti-Social savior. We must come outside the city and suffer reproach with him if we expect to be welcomed by him at the last:
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come
We must become the people like Athanasius who was exiled for his stand on the Trinity. He was called "Athanasius contra mundum" - translated as “Athanasius against the world.”
You must become "[YOUR NAME] contra mundum" if you are to find acceptance with the Anti-Social Savior.