I was participating in a recent seminar when the leader said, “#Jesus.” That’s pronounced, hashtag Jesus, for all you digital immigrants. It was a seminar full of church workers, so we all laughed. It was much funnier in context, but the very idea to a Christian that you’d have to put a hashtag before Jesus’ name is a bit ridiculous.
The hashtag idea apparently started on Twitter. Placing the hashtag in front of a subject helps to facilitate a search for it. A room full of Christians would find it humorous to place one in front of Jesus’ name simply because we think everyone knows about him. Maybe that’s why the church is dying in many places. Frankly, there are slews of folks who don’t know about him. To many, his name is merely something you shout when you smash your thumb.
Sounds Great to Us
We Christians have been weaned on Scripture that proclaims that “every knee should bow” to the one with “the name that is above every name,” and that “every tongue” should admit that He is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). That sounds great to us. To many others, however, it sounds like so much drivel. “Who is this Jesus that he’s so important?” they might ask—as well they should. A lot of people never bother asking, however.
It’s worse than that, though, because many Christians simply aren’t telling. Keeping Jesus a secret seems to be a lifelong activity for some. It begs the question, if we really believe He’s the Savior of the world, why in Heaven’s name aren’t we letting the secret out of the bag.
I remember early in my Christian walk hearing the following story related by my Pastor. He was in a service one evening when a young woman responded to a call to follow Jesus. The congregation prayed with her, and she went out into the world to live her new life in Christ.
No One Suspects!
The following week, she came back to worship with that same congregation. Everyone was curious to see how things were going for this new babe in Christ for whom they had been fervently praying. When asked about it, she replied with a smile saying, “It’s been great! No one else suspects yet.”
I’m pretty sure they set her straight on that as time went on, but some people live their entire lives that way. Either they’re afraid someone is going to find them out and think less of them, or they just don’t want to be bothered sharing the Good News. I suppose there are other reasons as well, but unless you live in a country where Christianity is outlawed, you may want to reconsider your stance.
There’s a famous passage that states, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels (Luke 9:26). Maybe a hashtag is in order after all.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]