Unpopular Me

I Have Followers

I don’t know where all my new followers are coming from, but it does amaze me. Is there some point in a blogger’s life where things just start to take off on their own? Seriously, it wasn’t long ago that I was trying to reach the 100-follower mark. Now I am getting several followers every day!

The amount of followers amazes me, but so does the type of people who are following. For example, it doesn’t shock me to see fellow believers subscribe to my blog, but what is the deal with all the Muslim, pagan, and atheist followers? Andrew Marburger must has a man-crush on me (ha!), but what about everyone else? What have I done to cause them to click here?

Seriously, I would love to hear from you. Why did you subscribe? Was it just to get me to visit your website, or are you legitimately interested in what this crazy Baptist preacher has to say? Was it Mr. Monkey that brought you here? I really want to know.

But I Will Follow

Regardless, I would like to make one thing absolutely clear – I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and for that I make no apology. I hope everything I write ultimately reflects that fact.

Many times people in the public eye are hesitant to take a stand or draw a line in the sand for fear of public opinion. And, if the truth be known, thanks to my critics, sometimes I have cowered. But this should not be. I should always speak with love and respect to all who may disagree with me, but I should never shy away from biblical truths, even if they are currently politically incorrect.

crossSo, I am glad to have a few followers, and I would love to have more, but I would gladly see them all go away before I deny my Lord and Savior. Jesus said (Mt 16:24; Mk 8:34; Lk 9:23) that anyone who would be his servant must “take up his cross” and follow.

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though no one join me, still I will follow;
Though no one join me, still I will follow;
Though no one join me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Sadhu Sundar Singh – Indian Christian missionary

Crosses are not fun, or popular … neither are the ones who carry them.

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9 responses to “Unpopular Me

  1. girlwriteslife

    “I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and for that I make no apology. I hope everything I write ultimately reflects that fact.”

    This is why I started following. But I understand your curiosity over what prompts people to follow. I’ve noticed some of my readers are on opposite end of my belief spectrum. Maybe some do just want to follow for a “follow back”, but hopefully some are interested in and seeking after the Jesus we discuss. Here’s hoping.

  2. Anne

    I started following you last fall when my family was making a very difficult move from an unhealthy church to a totally different lifestyle. You really encouraged me and it was helpful to know there was such a thing as a “recovering legalist”.
    I was especially touched by the thoughtful, godly way you answered the sweet lady with the 2 teenage sons and their stepdad last week in the “my stories” section.
    More writing having to do with legalism, and the recovery process would be greatly appreciated!

    • Thank you, Anne. More writing having to do with legalism and the recovery process is definitely what I should be doing. Thanks for the reminder. And thanks for following 🙂

  3. I checked you out because you were a regular commenter of Heather’s at GrowUp. I followed after reading your “prostitots” post and reading some of your other posts!

  4. I guess a good & clear writing is appealing to many! Perhaps the Lord is using your blog in ‘a mysterious way’ that you can not see. I don’t even ask why people follow my blog, I only rejoice when a non-believer likes my post or follows. I do love to encourage believers if I can, but from the beginning of my walk with the Lord he gave me an evangelistic heart because it was such a great need around in post communistic Russia! Praise the Lord for your words & for the way the Spirit leads. Keep up a good work.

  5. I really enjoy your sense of humour. It’s refreshing. I like the bus stories. Also, I’m a recovering legalist too. And my dad’s a pastor, so I know a lot about where you’re coming from, even if only from watching his life.

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