07 March 2013

Check your Jesus

by Dan Phillips

It's funny how terrible I always have been at predicting results. Posts that I was certain would create a broad, energetic discussion have fizzled, while posts I virtually knocked off in a few minutes become Best. Post. EVAR in the eyes of some.

Same with Tweets and hashtags. I've started some I thought would really take off (and didn't)... and then yesterday, I came up with an idea. It was pretty much offhand. Here's the first:
One of the most retweeted was:
A few others (I'm still adding):
I told Pirate Christian Radio's Chris Rosebrough, and he joined in and ran with it, along with a bunch of other really terrific contributions. The hashtag is #CheckYourJesus, and the Biblical background is 2 Cor. 11:4 -- "For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough."

Read them through, there are a lot of great contributions, and it's still growing. Here's a sampler.

It's really hard to pick, and once I've started it is hard to stop. So just peruse and enjoy.

Some sad souls tried to derail now and again with bitter little squawks, but they only set off new rounds of robust response. All in all, it's been a great ride.

Join in!

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35 comments:

Eric said...

I'm not on the twitters, but I'll join the fun here.

If your "Jesus" says that doubt is a virtue and faith is a vice, you'd better #CheckYourJesus.

DJP said...

Yep!

Similarly: http://bit.ly/ZgC1wx

Eric said...

If your "Jesus" says that truth is unknowable b/c there are competing arguments, you'd better #CheckYourJesus.

Eric said...

If your "Jesus" whispers sweet nothings in your ear rather than speaking with authority from the Word, you'd better #CheckYourJesus.

DJP said...

Eric rocks the meme!

Dude, join Twitter! Be assimilated! It's painless!

Eric said...

If your "Jesus" is a tool to con others out of their money, you'd better #CheckYourJesus.

Eric said...

Dan: NEVER!

Eric said...

Closer to home: If my "Jesus" hates the sin of others more than my sin, I'd better #CheckMyJesus.

Nash Equilibrium said...

If you are circulating a picture of Jesus holding a 30-30 carbine, better #CheckyourJesus

(Yes I really did see someone at my church doing that)

Eric said...

Your right Nash, an AR-15 would be much more appropriate.

Luke Wolford said...

Is it wrong to hear Jeff Foxworthy's voice when you read these?

Rob said...

Problem with Tweeting is that you can't always fit everything in. for instance:

"If your "Jesus" grants forgiveness of sin and eternal life through faith AND something else (Pentecostal Holy Spirit baptism, baptismal regeneration, AUTHORIZED VERSION ONLY, etc), you'd better #CheckYourJesus"

DJP said...

One-star hater doesn't want to check his Jesus. Quelle surprise !

trogdor said...

As a really late adopter of Twitter, Rob's complaint is one of the things I most enjoy about it - the challenge of saying what I want as briefly as possible. I basically have 130 characters (to leave room for re-tweets without editing), so it forces me to say what is necessary and nothing else.

It's a struggle, but it's actually a refreshing change. It eliminates one of the biggest barricades I face to writing more, the neverending struggle to anticipate and answer every possible objection to my main point. On twitter you just have to say it and trust that people can figure it out (or answer in longer form elsewhere). There's not a lot of room for our beloved nuance.

Of course, it's also as addictive as Thin Mints laced with crack, so you know, buyer beware.

threegirldad said...

Or, you can shake your fist at the character limit, and use TwitLonger.

;-)

trogdor said...

So you can be a bigger twit? Do it with raised pinkie and you can compete for upper class twit of the year.

NoLongerBlind said...

Uh, Trogdor, I do believe that the correct term would be a bigger Tweet(er)

=8^)

MTHudson said...

If your Jesus came to 'fix' what the Old Testament got 'wrong', you better #CheckYourJesus

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

These #check your Jesus hash tags are just as good as Phil Johnson's Pomotivator Posters.

MTHudson said...

If your Jesus sends you out to make converts but not disciples, you better #CheckYourJesus

If your Jesus' idea of 'disciple' doesn't have anything to do with a life of discipline, you better #CheckYourJesus

semijohn said...

If your Jesus tells you that there is still some value in following the clean/unclean meat distinction worth sermonizing about and thinks that the Jewish OT feasts are "our" (I mean Christian) feasts in a real sense today, you better check your Jesus (yes, I've had a run in with Hebrew Roots teaching recently).

semijohn said...

Resisting the urge to insert Ice Cube reference.

MTHudson said...

If your Jesus is the spokesmodel for the latest pop-psychology/potentiality/prosperity program, #CheckYourJesus

Paul Reed said...

"If your "Jesus" teaches you to disregard the Old Testament, then you better"

MTHudson said...

If your Jesus' idea of 'love' doesn't include reproof (Prov 3:12, Heb 12:6), you'd better #CheckYourJesus

Also, Dan shouldn't post such a great hook while I'm stuck in a chair, it turns me into a spammer.

B&KLindeman said...

If you think your Jesus is unconcerned about biblical modesty in the 21st century. Please check your Jesus!

Merrilee Stevenson said...

If your "Jesus" doesn't believe in a literal hell, you'd better #CheckyourJesus#

Nash Equilibrium said...

If you think Brian McLaren and Rob Bell are the bees knees, better CHUCK your "Jesus" and get to know the real one!

Larry Geiger said...

Luke Wolford: If you are wearing camo anywhere on your person, then NO.

Nonna said...

If your Jesus tells you to sow a seed of harvest to a t.v. preacher who boasts in his wealth, you'd better check your Jesus.

Nonna said...

If your Jesus approves of gay marriage you'd better #CheckYourJesus.

JL said...

If your "Jesus" teaches the man-centered 'gospel', you'd better #CheckYourJesus

JL said...

If your "Jesus" uses Hillsong worship songs, you better #CheckYourJesus.

Karatbars Mania said...

If your "jesus" can stretch out his arms like Kim Walker Smith's of jesus culture, you'd better #Check Your Jesus.

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