John the Baptist vs. The Apostle Paul: Twitter Tweets

Dr. West was fortunate enough to have spoken with John the Baptist sometime this morning. For those of you who do not know John, he was the voice crying in the wilderness that announced Christ. He wore only camel hair and ate locusts with honey or some sort. In other words, he would have been seen as a charlatan today by the folks on TBN and Daystar.

But, the Dr. West was able to score an interview with him. The topic was, of all things, about Twitter. The first question asked was about the annoyance of Twitter. Granted, it seemed like a loaded question, but Dr. West seems to know what he is doing in interviews.

John responds in a typical cantankerous baptist manner:

I find it reprehensible and nonsensical that Christians are urging people to ‘follow’ them on Twitter.  It was I myself who said many years ago, in reference to Jesus, ‘He must increase and I must decrease’.  By this I meant that He was to be followed by my disciples and I was to be seen as less important than him.  Imagine my chagrin, then, when modern folk are all about people ‘following them’- as though they were worthy of such adoration!  I’m outraged and disgusted and urge all true believers to, from this moment, denounce twitter-anity.  It is damnable hubris and pride and this depraved generation of vipers will find itself winnowed!

Sometime ago I had come across the Apostle’s Paul card and I gave him a call. Paul reminded me of the semantics of disciples and followers, but said that John was always losing his head anyway, so an argument based on semantics would simply not work. We both surmised that dear old John had forgotten about his followers,

Then the followers of John the Baptist came to Jesus, asking, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don’t fast at all?” (Matthew 9:14 GNB)

He noted that these followers of John, even though Christ was preaching, John dead, and and Christ ascended, still followed him (Acts 19.1-5).

Having cleared that up, that indeed individuals could be followers of someone else in a non-blasphemous way, I asked the Apostle Paul about Twitter:

P, I said, do you tweet and do find the term ‘followers’ a hubris and prideful?

The Apostle, who did not wish to be quoted in his direct response about the ‘hubris’ comment, but pointed me to a letter that he supposedly had written to the congregation at Thessaloníki.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6 NKJV)

We discussed this, and I told him that lately, Twitter had been timing itself out due to too many tweets. I mentioned that this might be the affliction that he spoke about.

He asked not to be quoted in that response either. Further, I asked him if he thought Twitter was biblical?

I pointed him to the prophet Isaiah,

“Like a swallow , like a crane, so I twitter; I moan like a dove; My eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security. (Isaiah 38:14 NASB)

He said that I was pulling a Rick Warren and using whatever translation suited me and that if the King James Version was good enough for him, then that’s what I should stick with.

So, using the King James, I then asked him if we should be followers of him as he was of Christ. (1st Corinthians 11.1)  He said that he would pray for my pastor.

So, I bid him peace and told him that I might give him a call later on when I need him to back me up again. I made sure that I gave him my twitter page, told him to become my follower, and hung up. All in all, I am pretty sure Paul will soon become a follower of mine on Twitter. He might even become a friend on Facebook.

Augustine, Calvin and Barth on the Day of Judgment

Augustine, Calvin and Barth find themselves waiting outside the throne room on the Day of Judgment. Augustine goes in first, and after half an hour comes out and says to the others: ‘It was wonderful! I had all the mysteries of sin, grace and salvation explained to me!’

Next, Calvin goes in, comes out an hour later and says to the others: ‘It was wonderful! I had all the mysteries of election, predestination and divine sovereignty explained to me!’

Finally, Barth goes in. After two hours, God comes out and says to the others: ‘I’ve still got no idea what he is talking about!’

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