If not fame, then what? 1

I’ve argued against overusing the phrase To make Jesus famous. What, then, could we replace it with?

How about To make Jesus known?

  1. It describes evangelism and discipleship equally well. Fame is too heavily biased towards presenting Jesus to the unsaved and leaves the family of faith in the cold. By emphasizing knowledge, we acknowledge both the need to fish for men and to feed Jesus’ sheep.
  2. It demands that we offer the world substantive truth. Fame thrives best in a world of happiness, glitz and glamor. While Jesus brings joy, he also places demands on us that our unregenerate human nature recoils from. Knowledge lets us present all facets of Jesus’ nature.
  3. It focuses on individual responsibility. Fame is a collective quality; once I’m aware of someone, that person can’t become more famous in my life. Fame only increases when someone else also thinks of the famous person. Knowledge exists on an individual level and can increase over time.
  4. It better describes the relationship between the divine and me. Fame made some quality of Christ dependent on me. Knowledge reverses that dynamic. Jesus is all and in all, complete, perfect, infinite. My knowledge of Christ can improve or deteriorate, but neither state affects his nature. He is the rock that I throw myself against and on. It is my responsibility to know him, and by his grace he has given me all the tools I need to do that. It’s the church’s responsibility to introduce me to Jesus through the logos he’s left us.

What do you think?

One comment on “If not fame, then what?

  1. Micah Mar 12, 2009 6:53 pm

    I’ll have to say, I didn’t really know what to think about the first blog about fame. Paired with this one though, it makes better sense. I don’t want to split hairs over vocabulary in the bible but I did find some interesting things about the way famous and knowledge are used.

    The word famous only appears in the Old Testament, usually either speaking of kings or the result of God proving himself to the kings and among the nations.

    When Jesus comes, He invites people to know Him, and to know The Father (Matthew 11:27, John 17:26). My favorite being John 14:7 “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

    So yeah, that’s what I think.

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