Follow my Leader.
Whatever else might be said about our Christian Faith, one thing is certain, Jesus is at the centre of it all. For all the discussion and books written about Jesus’ life and teaching, and denominational differences about how to interpret and understand it, the basic truth about following Him is at the heart of Christianity.
This week’s readings therefore focus on the idea of following – what it means in practice to be a follower rather than just interested in learning about the Christian Faith.
Follow my Leader is more than a game, it is a principle of Life.
Following. Bringing Unity or Division?
v 12 Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.”
Modern followers are on social media! We hear of the Bloggers who have many followers that check what is being said each day. It’s not a world I inhabit, but I know it exists and that the Bloggers are very proud of the number of followers they have. It is not a new phenomenon; the Jews followed their favourite Rabbis; Greek philosophers had their adherents and well-known preachers today have a following in their congregations. Even in Paul’s day there were members of the congregations in Corinth that had favourite leaders – and that was proving spiritually unhealthy. Of course, we prefer some preachers to others, or some musicians who really catch our attention through the songs, but this ordinary human propensity to prefer one person can also lead to division in congregations. One even hears of congregations where members say “Oh, X is preaching today so I won’t be going.”
Is there a remedy for this way of looking at things? It is actually this variety in a congregation that should help to build a more thoughtful group. The remedy is to focus on what is said rather than on the speaker and her/his mannerisms. It is not the messenger and a style of delivery that is important, it is the message itself that should claim our attention. Following Jesus should therefore bring unity as we focus on the One we follow.