[Twitter, House, and Christ]

[Twitter, House, and Christ]

“Have you ever tried to be Jesus? Believe me, only the real one can manage that.”

Frank Peretti, The Visitation

I am a House M.D. fan. I tried to withstand it for a few years. Then I watched one episode because my admin manager talked about it… and then another… and another. I have watched 5 seasons in a month. My admin manager did it in three weeks. These days, once the new episode comes out, we watch it right away. But that’s not really the point.

The other day, I decided “Hey, I want to follow House on Twitter.” So I typed House.

Silly me. The search window showed at least 50 House MD’s. Looking all the same… but I had no idea which one of them is official House… which one of those was the real deal?

The pages featured the image of Greg, a button that invited to “Follow,” and quirky quotes of the brilliant doctor with a strong sarcastic side. But… (besides the obvious fact that Gregory House is a TV show character per se), neither felt real.

It made me think of the following verses…

“If anyone tries to flag you down, calling out, ‘Here’s the Messiah!’ or points, ‘There he is!’ don’t fall for it. Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better.”

Matthew 24:23-24, MSG

So often lately I have been hearing of the new “Messiahs” and teachings. The Church these days seems to be multiplying by cell division – dividing into new parts instead of uniting to be ONE body of Christ. And most of the time, that happens because new messiahs or teachers arrive and say “God spoke to me and what you have been doing is all wrong. Come to my Church and find out what Christianity is all about. You’ve been taught all wrong.”

All the “messiahs” would have the “impressive credentials and dazzling performances,” but while they would all invite us to “Follow” them… we should follow only one true Christ.

I am not saying that God ceased to speak to people these days, but I am saying that there are a bit too many different teachings these days. Some have the Truth in them that you can see and feel right away, some feel quite foreign compared to what the Bible talks about.

If you type “Jesus Christ” in Twitter’s Find People feature, you would get a lot of results too. Sad thing is, House MD is quoted word for word (even if not by House himself), and Jesus’ teachings are often ignored – people just use His name to poke fun at it.

Which Christ do you Follow?

  • Part 1

    Great post Zee! Thanks for the video, I have never heard this before and I really like it. The words took me to the place where I spend most of my time anyway, a place of discontentment with the church of today. It was refreshing and sad at the same time.

    When I met my wife, an Orthodox Russian, I felt that I needed to learn more about the Orthodox religion so that I could understand her beliefs. I knew nothing about it at the time, so I studied, and studied, and studied their theology. Their basic theology of God is pretty much the same as ours, but with additional things added in that I don't agree with, but I won't go into details here. The one thing that I was impressed with though is how they have kept their religious practices and teachings the same since 400 AD.

    • if you liked that song, you'll like Todd Agnew in general. he sure knows how to make the listener THINK. been listening to him all morning today (besides the fact that i love his songs per se)…

      i am a bit prejudiced against Orthodoxy… being a Ukrainian and living in Ukraine my entire life, i had a bit too much experience with it. i still believe there are true followers of Christ there, but too many traditions have been influenced by syncretism (taking into account how Kievan Rus became orthodox in the first place)… *shrug*

  • Several years ago, I had quit attending church because I had become so disillusioned with it. There were so many things that I saw going on that were not Biblical that I lost my belief in the church, not in God, but in the church. While studying Orthodoxy, I found myself getting caught up into the idea of the Orthodox church, but then I had to stop and construct my own set of beliefs because I realized how I could get swayed by something new and different, and I did, and Orthodoxy did not fit. I am still a new testament Christian, but unfortunately some things in modern Christian churches do not fit my set of beliefs either.
    Part 2

    We all have to form our own standards based on what God speaks to us through the BIble. That is why it is so important to read the BIble. If all we did was listen to the preachers for God's word, then we would be like chaf, and blown from here to there by the prevailing winds.

    Great thought provoking post!

    • I have been tempted to leave the Church too… sometimes i just felt like i know too much inside information – and it is easy to get lost in that information and forget that after all we're ALL human beings and being a Christian does not mean you instantly become wise, white, and fluffy…

      However, that time made me learn a lot of things about myself… and learn to be graceful (i.e. not hoard the grace all for myself) to others. although there are still times when i really start wishing i could just say "i don't care and i don't want to care," i am glad that i cannot just say that i don't care.

      regarding own standards… true – we cannot all listen to preachers (Max Lucado compared that to eating pre-chewed food… quite a graphic example!) but we also have to be aware of what the people before us have taught. i mean, on one hand, we need to study the Bible for ourselves, but at the same time, we shouldn't just go and try to invent a theological wheel.

  • Great illustration and I have done that with Twitter in looking for the real deal but only finding fakes.

    • even though i am an internet geek and like all that kind of stuff, i often wonder whether internet has been such a good thing after all. on one hand, yes – it is amazing. it allows us to talk and communicate even if we live thousands of miles apart, but on the other hand, sometimes i want to scream "TMI!!!" (i.e. too much information…)… or too much wrong information.

  • Zee: I came to this late and saw Twitter and moved on. I don't Twitter and really have no desire to do so. I came back to read it further and found out what you wrote was not really about Twitter but about truth. You are right. these days there are so many claiming to be Messiah and simply because of that we can turn our heads away. The Bible does say "Many will come in my name." When the real Messiah comes all will know. Enjoyed your thoughts Zee.

    • hmm… thought i posted the comment, but obviously it got lost somewhere.

      glad that you did stop and read, Bill 🙂

      to be honest, i am not that much into Twitter either. i guess i just don't see the point really. heard / read a lot about how Twitter can change lives and help in evangelism, but *shrug* still feels sort of cheap to me at least where I live. (nothing personal against those who do like twittering)

  • So true Zee. We must test everything against the Scriptures.

    I hope and pray that the Christ I share is the Christ and not my subversion of Him.

    • subversion – that's a cool term for that… and indeed – whatever "versions" of Jesus we might come up with – they will never be able to be as great and awesome as the REAL Jesus – not even our wildest dreams!

  • Love this post, I guess I missed it. We have to test everything…

    • amen. indeed we need to test everything that comes our way… it is kind of scary that Jesus mentions that these messiahs "will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better."…

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