Back in 1999 the RnB girl group TLC released a smash hit called, “NO SCRUBS”.
With this song, written by Kandi Buress of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA, a new urban term was coined…’SCRUB’.
A ‘scrub’ is a deadbeat guy with no job, no home (usually lives with his mom, or crashes on friends’ couches), no transportation, no money, is most often supported by a woman or women, and makes big claims.
Well, we all know that Jesus wasn’t doing any carpentry work during His earthly ministry (No job).
He had no place to lay His head (No home).
Matthew 8:20 (NKJV)
20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
He had no chariot, so He walked everywhere (No car).
He was supported by a group of women who traveled with Him, some of whom were married (no husband today would be okay with that).
Luke 8:1-3 (NLT)
8 Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.
And, Jesus made big claims that it seemed He couldn’t back up.
John 2:18-20 (NKJV)
18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
So, with all that being said…many of today’s successful women (including many who are Christian) if they had been living then, or if Jesus’s earthly ministry were today…would call Jesus a SCRUB.
And, so would many men who see a man who fits the above description.
It’s easy to sit on this side of history with full knowledge of who Jesus is, but we prove what we would have believed then by our attitudes today.
Be honest with yourself… would you have called Jesus a SCRUB?
He was no SCRUB! He IS our Savior!