A Modern Take on the Last Supper


When we consider that those Jesus called to be his disciples were hardly of high social standing or well respected, it is intriguing to ponder what a modern version of his followers might look like.  They are classically depicted like this in Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper:

(Image courtesy of jaydax.co.uk)

Artist David LaChapelle created a new interpretation with modern cultural elements:

(Image courtesy of christianstriver.com)

I can actually envision this scene.  Jesus surrounded by a ethnically diverse group of disciples whom reflect the immigration patterns and mobility of the nations.  They are young and exhibit the urban culture of today.  They are those that society looks at with skepticism and condemnation.  They are the throw aways, those that no one wants.  They are not taken seriously, except in terms of posing a threat and a supposed likelihood to commit crimes.   When others look at these disciples, they have a lowered opinion of Jesus.  They wonder why he would choose them, travel with them, be seen with them.  Jesus did not pick the best and the brightest, but he didn’t come for the healthy either.  He came to make real change for real people.  He didn’t pick the best dressed and the socially acceptable.  Christ’s disciples were those who were willing to get their hands dirty, get involved, and go wherever Christ may lead them.

Today Christians are by majority clean, well dressed, and socially integrated.  The cost for such an existence is that we fear changing that status if we get overly vocal or socially active with the Church.  We don’t hang the Christian flag emblazoned with the cross from our porches; we hang the American flag.  We don’t gather in public for prayer; we go behind closed doors.  We don’t get down and dirty with those that need our help; we write checks from the safety of our homes.  We don’t speak out against the sins of society; we chalk those up to the failure of a system that should not be critiqued by Christianity because of someone’s interpretation of separation of Church and State.  The disciples sitting at that table feared for their safety because of what they were doing.  Too many of today’s disciples fear for the safety of their social standing over what they should do in Christ’s name.  If our first impulse when we look at LaChapelle’s rendition is to clean it up, then maybe we need to get back to basics and down and dirty with Jesus.


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