Jesus, Social Media, and Followers

"Social Media" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Social Media” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

[You can buy my art… prints, cartoons, Sophia, and paintings… in my shop!]

Followers.
Likers.
Subscribers.
Connections.
Customers.
Clients.

… and disciples.

(Just to update you, if you’re interested, The Lasting Supper has over 430 members now. I’m not their leader, although I am what we like to call a facilitator. We are working on community together. We have great conversations, share in one another’s struggles, and make each other laugh. We charge a small fee so that we can maintain and develop the site, keep it secure, and facilitate the community well. I work on it pretty much full time. So… I extend to you a warm invitation.)

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6 Responses

  1. Pat Pope says:

    As my eyes scanned over this, I saw (or thought I saw) the words, “You can buy all of them”. I thought this was your commentary about all of these followers. Then I looked again carefully, and underneath the picture are the words, “You can buy my art.” But I guess my brain wanted to see that all of these followers can be bought.

  2. Actually Pat, you can buy followers.

  3. Pat Pope says:

    I know. That was my point. 🙂

  4. Reema says:

    Marvelous – a kind of metacommentary on the ethical dimension of teaching, sharing, and selling religion.

  5. purvez says:

    David, I’m unclear what exactly is the message of this cartoon. Is this satire on the number of messages bombarding us to become ‘followers’ or something else?

    However the cartoon did prompt an alternative question in my mind. Would any of the prophets have used these avenues to spread their message if they had been available in their times? My guess is a resounding ‘Yes’. What do others think?

  6. Ducatihero says:

    Purvez, I too was unsure about the message David was wanting to convey, or even if there was any message?

    I like your question about any of the prophets using these avenues to spread their message if it had been available in their times.

    The way I understand it is that Old Testament writers, particularly the prophets, could not help but speak of God in a living way. At the same time, however, emotions in God are divinely originated emotions, not human ones. Just as Isaiah affirms that the thoughts and ways of God are not our thoughts and ways, but are much higher than ours (Is. 55:8, 9), so too, the pathos of God is much higher and more wonderful than that humanly generated. In Hosea 11, for instance, as God wrestles with the unfaithfulness of the 10 northern tribes of Israel, he says that he will not come in wrath, “For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst” (vs. 9). Thus, contrary to all human expectation, the love and the mercy of God take us by surprise. The divine pathos is not “larger than life” human emotion as in Greek mythology. To use theological terms, God’s pathos is transcendent, as well as immanent, and therefore it repeatedly amazes us, precisely because it is divine and not human.

    I would suggest therefore that expecting the unexpected with any modern day prophets could include social media. I think one thing for certain is that any prophet today is likely to be alienated by the church just as Jesusalem stoned it’s prophets but that a prophet can help but speak of the things of God.

    If crowds can be attracted by a crazy guy wearing camel skins and feeding on locusts and honey, then my guess is that what might seem foolish today can attract similar.

    I think that is encouraging and exciting.