In the Social Media Era, We Friend, Follow and Ignore People All the Time. but What About This One?

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I have 466 friends and 69 followers; I in turn follow 134 people. I am talking, of course, about social media – Facebook and Twitter. But let’s be honest: I don’t absorb every tweet from the 134 users I follow, nor do I get together for dinner and talk with my 466 friends, and my 69 followers aren’t disciples or students. Some are just friends giving a courtesy click. This is what the social media era does: we friend, we follow, and then we ignore just to avoid information overload. Rarely, if ever, do we unfollow or unfriend someone because it’s challenging, because what they say is hard, because they pick up a cross and ask us to do the same. First century Jerusalem was not an era of social media, but it was one of followers, of friends, real and false, that came and went. So, do you follow, can you keep the excitement, or do you sometimes turn away? It’s a provoking thought about Jesus in IgniterMedia’s “Follow” below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.