We all like having attention. There is a group at our church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, making a concerted effort to increase our church’s social media presence. We want people to “like” our Facebook page. We want people to follow us on Twitter. We will be launching an Instagram account soon. All of this is so that the church can reach out to the larger community. We want to share who we are so that the community knows that we are here for them. We want to be a vital part of the community.
As we have been more active on social media, some of our tweets have mentioned others on twitter. We mentioned a gospel singer. He then followed us! Having someone well known would really help expand our church’s visibility. I was so excited when we got the email. Unfortunately, I think it was a mistake. He stopped following us just as quickly as he started following us. It is understandable because it is easy to accidentally touch the follow button on an electronic device. While it is understandable, it was disappointing. We had an endorsement, but then it was taken away.
Sometimes we live our Christian lives the same way. We profess our faith loudly and openly. We proclaim on Sunday morning that we will leave our nets and follow Jesus. We proclaim that we want to follow Jesus, but then we quickly pull our support when things become difficult. When we say we will follow, we mean we will follow until it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. Jesus doesn’t ask for us to follow periodically or occasionally. We are invited to follow always. We are invited to follow when we are in our neighborhoods. We are invited to follow when it means inviting others to join us for worship. We are invited to follow when it means doing a new or inconvenient thing.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church may have quickly lost a follower on twitter, but we can be true to following Christ. You are invited to follow Jesus.