By Ella Corey
In an era of hipster Christian bands and iPhone Bible apps, it’s very easy to get caught into the trendy ways of following @Jesus (who, might I add, now has over 600,000 twitter followers). A hip, modern, young, trendy “Christian” tweets cliché Bible verses on Sundays, dresses up nice for church and has a Christian radio station preset in her car. This is especially prevalent in the high school setting. If you attend a mega-church service, you call yourself a Christian. Simple as that. That’s all Jesus wants, right?
Wrong. While there’s nothing wrong in doing all of these things, they should not be ALL you are doing. A trendy Christian is lukewarm. He’s a good person and knows about Jesus, but does he really know Jesus? Someone who knew the true power of Jesus would be doing more than sitting in a pew every Sunday. He may look like he lives a life that’s for Jesus, but it’s only as far as it doesn’t make him uncomfortable.
In Isaiah 29:13 the Lord says “these people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” God wants us to be genuine. Not to follow Him because it looks good but to follow him so our hearts to match what comes out of our lips. Once your heart is truly glorifying the Lord, your actions will follow. The Pharisees in Jesus’ time epitomized the trendy Christian. They were considered the most religious people, but Jesus was constantly criticizing them for not being genuine.
Your motives should not be following Jesus because it looks good. But everything you do should be backed up by the sincerity of wanting to honor the one true God. Christianity is so much more than the image. Jesus doesn’t want us to promote him on social media, he wants us to reflect his love in our daily lives. Following @Jesus does absolutely nothing if you aren’t following the true Jesus.