In case you have never been on Twitter, the “trending topics” list contains the most popular words or phrases used on Twitter in a given time period.  Some of them are easy to predict based on big events like movie premiers, elections, or popular sporting events.  However, some of them seem completely random as Twitter compares trends around the world, in your local area, and based on the people you follow.

Last week, I saw that the topic #whychooseJesus was trending.  (Note: Many phrases are identified as hashtags (#tags) so that people can be sure to identify their tweet with a particular topic.)  I clicked on the topic title and was lead to a long list of #whychooseJesus tweets.  The topic discussion was pretty spot-on.  People said you should choose Jesus because “He died for us,” “He is the way, the truth, and the light,” and because “His love never fails.”  That is all true, and great reasons to be thankful for who He is and what He does for us.  For the record, I have no problem with the trend thread and I completely support their efforts.

However, the first question that came to my mind was, “Do we really choose him?”  I realize that we have to make a decision to follow Him.  I know we teach the ABC’s of salvation at VBS.  But is it really a choice of “Jesus vs. Something Else?” 

Think about it.  Have you ever known anybody that believed wholeheartedly that Jesus is the Son of God and that He fulfilled the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament indicating He is the Christ, yet they chose not to follow him?  Maybe you have, and I am not saying it is impossible, but I have never seen it.

In my experience, once somebody has an interaction with Christ that convinces them that He is the truth, they acknowledge Him as their Lord and start down a path of trying to live for Him.  Nobody gets it perfectly right.  We could never come close to living how Jesus did.  But I do believe that people that really know Him at least give it a shot.

I don’t want to get into a debate about backsliding or “once in grace, always in grace.”  But I have a very hard time believing that somebody can know Jesus and completely understand who He is and what He expects of us and then turn around and pretend like He isn’t there.  To me, that seems impossible.  I believe that it indicates that a person does not know Jesus after all.

So do we really choose Jesus?  I think that there really is no choice to be made once you know Him.  Either you believe Jesus is the Christ or you don't.  So maybe the more appropriate topic may be #whygettoknowJesus.  It is entirely possible for people to completely ignore the gospel and never look into it for themselves.  That can make it difficult to experience Christ.  So encouraging people to at least listen to the gospel and find out what all the fuss is about is a more reasonable request. 

Please leave your comments below.  I am really anxious to see how others view this issue.

BIlly Daniels
7/16/2012 04:42:36 am

Completely agree and without getting into election debates and such, I feel the scriptures more than support a spiritual drawing that in fact suggests we are chosen and not the other way around. I just can't see a fallen group of folks like us being able to choose perfection.

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Hayley Davis
7/16/2012 05:51:14 am

That makes sense. Often people grow up in Church and never really get down to the moment of "Do I *know* Jesus?" until much later in their life. We think that simply because we believe about God, that our belief is enough. But a relationship is more than just acknowledging one's existence.

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Don
7/16/2012 11:44:53 am

I agree with the argument, but not the conclusion. Everyday there are people who know about Jesus and believe everything the scripture says about him, and still reject him. As Christians, we believe that God has a plan for us, that God is looking out for us, that God knows what is best for us more than we do. Yet, even knowing that, we still choose to reject, we still choose to sin. Your argument backs this up: how is it possible to know the truth and not at least give it a shot? Unfortunately, the truth isn't always important to us, because deep down, our way,more than God's, is our desire. Christianity is a choice, one that we make every day. The real choice isn't deciding if Jesus is God, it is deciding that we are not.

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Michael
7/18/2012 04:34:40 am

Didn't the "rich young ruler" do just this? He had a rea-life, personal encounter with the phsyical human being of Jesus and chose another path. Now, scripture tells us the "rich young ruler" called Jesus "good teacher" so he may not have known who He was, but he was still in the physical presence of the Son of God, spoke with Him, was told what was required of him, and chose differently.

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Jamie Boggs
7/18/2012 04:42:55 am

Thousands of people interacted with Jesus when He walked the earth. Many of them admired Him as a teacher, and many passed Him off as a fake or a lunatic. Several participated in the process that led to His crucifixion. In fact, He was put on trial because He revealed his identity and many not only didn't believe Him, but they were offended. If everyone that interacted with Him fully understood who He was, it seems the story may have played out differently. So I think, including the "rich young ruler," meeting Jesus the person did not mean that people automatically understood Jesus the deity. And fully believing in Him as God and then choosing to walk another way is what I was really getting at here.

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