Saturday, 8 July 2017
Making Jesus Famous?
The Church SRQ is located on the east side of Clark Road, just north of Beneva.
I pass it on the days when I attend the Health Fit program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital's facility on Rand Boulevard/Clark Rd.
Church SRQ has a motto: Making Jesus Famous
This is from the Church website "It’s never too early to be a world changer here at The Church SRQ! Every week Tony Faeth shows our youth that Christianity isn’t about stain (sic) glass, pews, and rituals it’s about loving people, doing life together, and making Jesus famous!"
The motto bothers me.
Whilst it is true that Jesus' fame spread (see Mark 1:28) he eschewed fame and did not seek after it.
The accounts of the Temptation in the Wilderness make it clear that he rejected fame and celebrity status.
When (in John's Gospel) Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
And when it seemed that he was attracting a mass movement he told his would be followers of the cost of discipleship,
It has been aptly said that Jesus is not interested in fans, he is calling us to be followers. And there's the rub. His teaching is radical, is dangerous, and is very difficult.
That being said I think that the Church SRQ motto should be "Making Jesus Infamous"