I visited a local pub with my daughter not long ago. It’s called the Burp Castle. It’s in the East Village so just going down there is like going to a circus. It claims to be the Temple of Beer worship. Now, I’m not a big beer guy but this place is fun. The tenor of the place is quiet so you can actually talk. When it gets too loud the bar dude (or dudette) says, “SHHHHHHH” and the place actually quiets down. There’s a picture of Jesus on the wall with grains and hops in his right hand instead of the Word of God or a sword like he’s described with in the New Testament. I’m not sure I like that, but I understand what they are trying to do.
Frankly, it’s the kind of place I think Jesus would have spent some time in, though I’m not sure he would have appreciated the way they pictured him on the wall. He looks kind of wimpy and way too religious with angel sort of things around him celebrating the grain and all. But it is sort of normal to bring Jesus down to our level these days. He’s easier to manage that way! People want to manage Jesus instead of letting him manage and take leadership over their lives. But there I go—getting all spiritual and stuff. I can only imagine how the New Testament writers would have written about this image, “And out of his mouth came grain and…” Not an overpowering picture of the guy who claimed to be God! Instead of riding on a horse, like it says in the Bible, he’d have to be riding on a combine! That kind of Jesus is a little too small for me and certainly not in line with what the New Testament says. Matter of fact, its that kind of wimpy Jesus that turns me off to religion. That’s not the real Jesus. You can’t control the real Jesus. But that’s another story.
It’s a fun experience if you want to be with people. If you don’t like people, don’t go there. The place is always crowded!!! They don’t serve food just high quality Ales and a good atmosphere. It’s small and you can easily walk by it. The address is 41 East 7th St., New York, New York. Enjoy! It may even be a good place to talk about Jesus!