I was recently asked to fill out a questionnaire that included the following familiar query:
“Which three figures from history would you most like to have over for dinner?”
My three choices were Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ.
Jefferson, because he was an intelligent man of great contradictions. I’d want to know how much he grasped about the implications of freedom and how the basic philosophy that he espoused might be expanded to realms he had not imagined.
Lincoln, because of his sense of humor and the innate wisdom about human nature that he demonstrated.
And Jesus because, questions of godhood aside, his philosophy and teachings were so far ahead of his time and place, and so far ahead of our own as well, as to be extraordinary.
And of course, listening to Jefferson and Jesus discuss the Nazarene’s deity status might be the highlight of the evening.