I think a lot of us are guilty of this crime. we live this, breathe this…and we allow one another to do this all the time.
In school, if you misquoted an author or didn’t give recognition when taking from them via end notes, footnotes or whatever, you lost. You failed. Blacklisted. Game over.
Yet, I wonder if many of us Christians don’t have our OWN relationships with Jesus. Instead, we have someone else’s…we have a blend of stuff. We copy what works with someone else and adapt to us. Instead of spending the time learning, we use the word ‘mentoring’ to Cole’s Notes or Cliff’s Notes our way to God’s heart, his will, etc. My friend on her twitter summed it up nicely…
‘…I think this happens a lot. I know I’ve plagiarized like this before. Nothing like the source, but I often compromise. *sigh*…‘
This isn’t a judgement call on her (I know her well and wouldn’t question her OWN devotion for a second) but her 140 characters sums up a lot of us…us being the Church.
Could it be that we’d be in for a surprise when we’re told, ‘I never knew you’ because we genuinely never did? Instead, we knew Jesus as a friend through a friends?
What scares me about this idea is that as I’ve copied, someone else might be copying me. Not just FOLLOWING me, but copying me…and you (if this is what you have chosen to believe…)
Maybe our culture, even in the church lives for cutting corners instead of hard work…and the best relationships take work.
Maybe we’ve elevated Christian leaders and pastors as our ‘Jesuses’ and read about them as opposed to Jesus (And, we DO do this. We are suckers for celebrities).
Maybe we work harder at building leaders than people who know, love and follow Jesus.
Maybe this is another reason why so many people, especially 18 to 25s, leave their faith and the church.
Because it may never have theirs to begin with.
And when there’s no attachment...
Agree? Disagree? Am I being too harsh? Narrow minded? How do we balance this? If you’re a Christian leader or pastor, how do you teach ‘Follow me AS I…’ as opposed to ‘Follow me LIKE I…’