I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of names…
Justin Bieber is a powerful name.
People tend to know where they stand on the issue of “him.”
I posted this on Facebook yesterday:
“How can you not love him?”
The comments I received were as follows:
2 ladies liked this link.
Me: Stop sippin Hater-aide:)
Male 2: im not sipping the hater-aide im downing the hater-aide
(That received one other male like…)
Male 3: Katie, we had a conversation about this. This obsession needs to stop. It’s getting out of control and quite frankly he’s not even an adult.
Me: Bahaha…alright alright…but he’s such a good person…
Clearly, male’s are united on this front, as are the ladies. But regardless, I find it very interesting for bigger reasons…
JB makes my list of most influential males in my life right now, along with a few others…
Men in My Life that Matter (In order):
- My dad
- Donald Miller
- Tim Tebow
- Justin Bieber
You can see that JB happens to be on the bottom of the list, but you can’t fault him. It’s a pretty elite group. And probably, what I meant is more like, men in my life that keep showing up everywhere. :)
But seriously, our names mean something. They represent who we are, what we are like, because they associate us with something much bigger.
I read an article about Tim Tebow the other day called “I believe in Tebow.” Then I was thinking about what it would be like to be Mrs. Tebow.
I decided that it would be way too hard.
Tebow is like Jesus to most people, or at least he represents all they know about Jesus. I don’t think he wants that pressure, but he has it.
I was thinking that if I started dating Tim, people would most likely scrutinize over my Facebook page, see me holding one red Solo cup, and then proceed to slander my name. They’d probably be upset because “How could this girl be good enough for the Tim Tebow? She’s not even that pretty…”
People are passionate about Tim Tebow. He seems like a good guy who loves Jesus. I respect that. His fans and the world probably just want to protect him from those unworthy girlfriends.
I know where I stand when it comes to all of these men. I respect them. I love a few of them.
But there is only one who I really need to know where I stand when I think about Him or sees signs about Him or people bring Him up in conversation.
His name is so powerful, I even get nervous to type it. I know the powerful reaction that His name conjures up when I use it. It’s so divisive.
People usually love Him passionately, hate Him passionately, declare their indifference passionately, or wish with a passion that I just wouldn’t bring Him up and make them think about “religion” at all.
The thing is, Jesus said some pretty radical stuff. He said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” (John 14:6-7, MSG)
Basically, Jesus is claiming that He is God.
Yep, before you stop reading this article just yet, consider this: Jesus was a man born in the Middle East over 2,000 years ago.
Yet, we are still talking about Him today.
I’m going to wrap it up right there. But, I still wonder…
Where do you stand when you hear the name Jesus?
Minus the super cheesy picture in the header, this is a site with good information: Who is Jesus Really?
Heavenly Father, help us to understand who you are.
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