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Breaking my social media fast (which will be ongoing after this) just to do a bit of hypocrisy (which I’m very good at).
Tired of the so-called, self-proclaimed Facebook prophets who preach their divisive words to the disenchanted just for such a time as this, driving huge traffic to their pages, deploring the ‘old wineskin’ who are apparently distant and disengaged.
These ones, by their prophetic dirge, inspire pride in ‘the saints’. Self-righteousness ‘look at me and how good I am’ followship of a movement dedicated to picking the eye teeth out of what is not altogether bad.
You think you’re onto something. But your mode of delivery is a critical spirit.
Go one step further. Drop the keyboard. Ditch the angst. Go positive.
Go with inspiring your ‘followers’ – your ‘top fans’ (like who needs to follow Jesus? – when Facebook is co-conspirator with you, giving you functionality that helps your fans earn a ‘badge’ for ‘following’ so ardently) – with something that won’t actually get them deploring what people who are actually trying to serve do.
Speak some kindness. Do some respect. Oh, woah, try this; do some repentance. Model some of that.
Stop trying to build your church by stripping the church part by part at the wreckers wholesale.
Yes, you have massive followings. Well done you. Oh, so highly anointed of you. You’re capitalising on a keyboard warrior discipleship set.
Those are your real fans. They love you. They love what you say. All you share are the same biases.
You are not calling them to empty themselves and be filled to overflowing with Christ.
No, you know you won’t get massive followings just by diligent faithfulness. You call people to do ‘house church’ – to stop supporting their pastor preaching from their platform – all from your platform ministry.
The one deploring the old wineskin possibly has a point, but how they speak it out ‘prophetically’ does no service to the body of Christ. They are hypocrites like me. You deplore what is old wineskin to you; I deplore you because how you speak is old wineskin.
All – watch who you ‘follow’. Follow only those who follow the Lord. They will be steeped in repentance, humility, and a love beyond dividing, calling everyone to the ‘greatness’ of a love-one-another kind of ministry that bears the fruit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
This kind of writing really isn’t me – it’s not what I like to do. But, as someone with a voice (i.e. a keyboard and bandwidth), I use this blip in time simply to remind all who will read and hear – the Lord is near.
Lord, may this hypocrisy that I do not count too much against me. Have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.
Note: the title follows the Forrest Gump quote: “Stupid is as stupid does,” meaning that an intelligent person can revel in stupidity by doing stupidity. Intelligence is no guarantee. False teachers, likewise, are not characterised only by what falsity they teach, but also by how they teach; and the motives of their teaching. The ‘how’ is the character imperative that is so intrinsic for a Christ-follower teacher.