Jesus Wouldn’t Blog

Those of us who have collided here in this online world are often talking about what Jesus would or wouldn’t do.

I am certain now more than ever he wouldn’t do what I am doing… blogging or podcasting. He also wouldn’t be writing books, or traveling on the Christian speaking circuit at our finest conventions. He wouldn’t be on “Larry King”. He would be doing something of value… real value.

Donald Millar put it this way in his book, “Searching For God Knows What”:

Perhaps the most comforting characteristic of Christ is that he liked people. Were somebody to ask me to begin a religious system, I would sit down and write a book the way Muhammad and Joseph Smith both did. This would seem the most logical way to communicate new ideas. Writing in scrolls, however, was not something that interested Jesus. He never sat down and wrote a mission statement. Instead, He accumulated friends and allowed them to write about Him, talk about Him, testify about Him. Each of the Gospels reveals a Christ who ate with people, attended parties, drank with people, prayed with people, traveled with people, and worked with people. I can’t imagine He would do this unless He actually liked people and cared about them.

And then Millar says this… and I hope you get this because this is the BIG IDEA that has been running around in my head. Don’t miss it.

Jesus built our faith system entirely on relationships, forgoing marketing efforts and spin. Not only that, but one of the criticisms of Christ was that He was a friend of pagans. Not that he hung out with pagans, but that he was their friend.

Ok… so here’s the quick two-part application.

First, if those of us who are outside of church and are thinking we can make it on our own without sincere face-to-face connections with other Christ-followers… we are wrong. We just can’t. Christ was our example as he gathered around him those who he could share his life with, encourage, challenge and then they learned together what it meant to to do the second part, which is…

As a church, those in leadership better get serious real quick about sharing how vital it is to build relationships and be friends with those who don’t go to church. And I don’t mean to become their friends with an agenda or a means to an end to get them to your church functions. Pastors need to ask themselves how many friends they have, real friends, that aren’t Christ-followers and don’t attend their churches. To be succinct, how many “pagans” or “notorious sinners” do we have as our friends?

So as those of us here begin to ask the question “now what”, I am a certain of one thing… we need to be involved with the things Jesus would be involved with… and one thing I know, Jesus wouldn’t blog.

4 thoughts on “Jesus Wouldn’t Blog”

  1. First post- You misuse scripture to make an invalid point. Be careful. Look at the passage:Matt 9:9-129 And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he rose, and followed Him.10 And it happened that as He was reclining {at the table} in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.11 And when the Pharisees saw {this,} they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?”12 But when He heard this, He said, “{It is} not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.(NAS)Jesus makes it VERY clear that His purpose was to bring the good news to the lost. He was NOT as you suggest, just “hanging out” with pagans. He clearly had an agenda.Jesus was CALLED the “friend of sinners” by those critical of Him (matt 11:19). He did not Himself use that title to describe himself.Further, your premise denies some foundational truths about the Christian calling. We are to BE the light of the world, which implies a innate quality by which the deeds of darkness are exposed and the Light of the Gospel proclaimed. We are called to be Holy, which implies a distinction from those around us.Taking all of scripture as a whole, there can be no question whatsoever that our primary calling is too reach the world for Christ. Further, the awareness of that calling should be ever in our minds, (2 tim 4:2).If the purpose of our relationships with the lost is not their salvation, we are then being unfaithful to our calling, and ignorant of their plight. We are COMPELLED to have an agenda.That being said, we too often do not seek out relationships with unbelievers at all.My wife and I have been friends with another couple for 10 years. We have children the same age, and similar underlying values. It was hard to get close to them, becasue they did not share our faith. Many times we thought, why bother? I frequently said to mywife, “I don’t want to let the friendship die until we have a chance to share the gospel”7 months ago they came to Christ. I was in no way ashamed to tell them to their face that I had had that as my agenda for 10 years. In fact they thank us for our perseverance. It is these types of relationships we should be cultivating.

  2. I couldn’t agree more.Jesus wouldn’t blog. He knows I’ve got that covered.I’m dead friggin’ serious. I’ve got a kick ass post in my head spurred on by this fantastic one Steve!!! I love you, man.

  3. very nice. jesus is really amazing. your post helps me remember that and makes me want to get to know him more. thanks.

  4. Bart.. so much to contend with in your “sermonette”… but let me start here… and because of time I will hammer them out a little at a time.Anyway….You have expressed an extreme example of completely missing the point, but more on that later.First… I never even use scripture in my post so I am not sure how it is you think I have come to misuse it.Second….you are wrong. I never implied Jesus “hung out” with pagans. That was a quote from the book by Donald Millar. And Millar himself says that Jesus didn’t just “hang out” with them, instead he became “their friends”. Just like you and your wife, who became friends with this couple you know…. Third… you make a point that <>Jesus was CALLED the “friend of sinners” by those critical of Him (matt 11:19).<> Isn’t that what I quoted in my post from Millar… read it again: <>Not only that, but one of the criticisms of Christ was that He was a friend of pagans.<> Ok that’s enough for now…. just wanting to respond to some of the factual errors I feel you made in your comments. I have some more to say about your comments on relationships and I will get back to you.

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