These things although free for some, can be bought and it is strange that we have stopped 'loving' the people we voluntarily chose or requested and accepted as 'friends' to suddenly go to 'judging' their worth of acquaintance by follower-ship and likes.
How many 'likes' do we think Jesus would have if he were on social media?
We quickly forget that although many gathered to 'hear' him speak, only a small fraction actually 'followed' him as his disciples on earth. Why?
The growth of Jesus' ministry only occurred 'after' his ascension, not before. Does that mean he was not 'relevant' before his death, resurrection and ascension? After all, wasn't it the 'same' message he preached that his disciples were preaching after his ascension? Was it not miracles similar to those Jesus performed that his disciples performed after his ascension?
So why more followers 'after' than before?
Why did Jesus not care about 'pulling' crowds?
Were there no ways he could have made 'numbers' his target? After all, he is the advocate of going after 'one' even though he already had ninety-nine?
Would Jesus do the things we do on social media these days to 'attract' followers?
May this Lenten season be a time we review and revise our use of social media, such that we use it the way Jesus would.
God bless you!