DOJINOs

Jesus taught, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).
 
Remember that, it will be important latter.
 
So, I did a thing.
 
I conducted an experiment. It wasn’t scientific, so I can’t swear to anything; but I think my findings will hold up.
 
I created fake social media accounts and friended and followed a bunch of people that I normally wouldn’t friend or follow (on both the left and the right).
 
Here’s what I found:
 
1. Social media is a cesspool of humanity (on the left and the right). You probably don’t see the worst of it because you only friend and follow people you know or agree with. This experiment actually made me not want to be on social media. I was so distraught over what I saw, that I didn’t want to see any more. I found myself not even wanting to look at my real accounts.
 
2. I don’t have an exact percentage, but a lot of what is on social media is fake (on the left and the right). It amazed me how much of it was easily discernible as fake and yet people still believed it and shared it just because it came from their side.
 
Which takes us back to point #1, a lot of social media is fake, and therefore lies; and all lies come from Satan (Matthew 5:37, John 8:44). Much of what is on social media (on the left and the right) is from Satan, and it is therefore a cesspool.
 
(From here on out, it gets more specific and stomps on toes…)
 
3. Conservative Christians care more about the election, Covid-19, Trump, Biden-Harris, China, censorship (ironically), their rights… et cetera; than they do about being and making disciples of Jesus.
 
Plain and simple fact.
 
If we could get conservative Christians to be as fired up about imitating and obeying Jesus as they are about these other things; we might actually experience the great awakening they keep going on and on about (it’s not going to just magically happen, we have to actually be and make disciples of Jesus first).
 
The problem is that if you make anything more important than imitating and obeying Jesus, it is idolatry; regardless of your good intentions. You can argue that those things are important, but they are not eternal, and they are nowhere near as important as being and making disciples of Jesus who imitate and obey Him.
 
If you don’t believe me, then try practicing your excuses for when you stand before Jesus:
 
“I know you said to focus on being and making disciples who imitate and obey you Jesus, but I was busy worrying about (fill in the blank). I felt like we had to fix that first.”
 
Are you really going to be able to say that?
 
And if you really say it, do you really think He is going to be alright with you saying it?
 
Remember that verse at the top about seeking first His kingdom and not worrying about tomorrow? Can you really say that is what you are doing?
 
4. Progressive Christians (so you don’t feel left out) are worried about some really weird stuff (sorry, I’m a conservative). I get being concerned about racism and helping the poor; those are your best arguments; but LGBTQ+…
 
What’s in the plus sign?
 
What’s not in the plus sign?
 
Because if you leave any relationship out of the plus sign that is between consenting adults, then you are discriminating.
 
Are you really going do ministry together with people in polyamorous relationships? Really?
 
What about a church where the pastor is in a polyamorous marriage?
 
What about consensual adult incest? Because it exists a lot more than you think it does. Are you really going to join in ministry with someone married to their sibling or step-sibling?
 
Because if you don’t; you’re discriminating.
 
And if you don’t allow those consensual adult relationships; what is your basis for not doing so?
 
The Bible?
 
What about the L, G, B, Q, and T?
 
I’m pretty sure the Bible has something to say about those as well. (And if you are one of the people who believes that the Bible doesn’t address those, we need to have a conversation about your logic and exegetical decisions first and foremost.)
 
Even on the subjects of racism and poverty, (just like I told the conservatives) if you make anything more important than being and making disciples of Jesus who imitate and obey Him, it is idolatry; no matter how good your intentions are.

 

Conclusion
 
There is a new term being used by conservative Christians and Republicans: RINOs.
 
It stands for “Republicans In Name Only” and is being used to single out conservatives who don’t completely align with former president Donald Trump. First, I’m not sure how we got to the point where aligning with Donald Trump on everything is what qualifies someone as a conservative Republican.
 
Second, I think I will jump on the bandwagon and coin my own new phrase: DOJINOs; “Disciples Of Jesus In Name Only.”
 
I really doubt that it will catch on, but I’m going to use it for this article at least.
 
The thing about DOJINOs is that they are on the left and the right. This is the brilliance of Satan. He doesn’t have to completely fool you; he only has to distract you from doing what you are supposed to be doing.
 
“For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness” (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).
 
Just because someone on social media presents themselves as a servant of righteousness, doesn’t necessarily make them one. They very well could be working for Satan (without even knowing it).
 
As disciples of Jesus, everything we are supposed to be doing can be summed up in the phrase “being and making disciples of Jesus who imitate and obey Him.” If we do that, we will be doing everything else we are supposed to be doing.
 
But if Satan can get you to not do that because you are too busy defending conservativism or progressivism, and worrying about what tomorrow brings; then he wins. As long as you are not being and making disciples of Jesus who imitate and obey Him, Satan wins.
 
If someone looked at your life from the outside, what would they say you are betting everything on? What hill have you chosen to die on?

 

If you are not sure, ask someone. For your best bet, ask someone who doesn’t like you; they will be the most honest.

 

If the answer is not “being and making disciples of Jesus who imitate and obey Him”; then what is it? What good intention have you made an idol out of?
 

To understand why being and making disciples of Jesus who imitate and obey Him is so important, start here.

 

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