According to Wikipedia Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie, is a Swedish web-based comedian and video producer. He is known for his Let’s Play commentaries and vlogs, as well as his following on YouTube. Since August 15, 2013, PewDiePie has been the most subscribed user on YouTube. As of January 2018, his “channel” has over 59 million subscribers. PewDiePie’s channel held the distinction of being the most viewed of all time, and has received over 16 billion video views. He, as a result, is quite wealthy.
That is the world we live in. Social media allows folks to reach 59 million plus people with the stroke of a finger. If Jesus came today, think about how many disciples he might have had! It’s like Judas’ question in the song from Jesus Christ Superstar:
… [W]hy’d you choose such a backward time
And such a strange land?
If you’d come today
You could have reached the whole nation
Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication.
If Jesus had been on YouTube …
But Jesus does not want followers. He wants disciples. And that takes more than the stroke of a finger for a moment of entertainment. That is not how Jesus gets disciples. Not through mass media or social media, but offering to seekers what they are looking for. By knowing us and providing us what we need. When we realize that, we follow. Come and hear more about it Sunday January 14 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jeff preaches “Follow Me” based on John 1: 35-51. Come and see at 8:30 and 11.