[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?