Follow Me as I Follow Christ
Nobody in this club follows me. There are no robots in this club, there are no fawning acolytes, minions, henchmen, underlings, fanclubs or lackeys. No one in this club blindly serves me, no one in this club is trying to be my favorite, no one is going around kissing my ass all the time.
If there has occasionally been such a person, I straighten them out right quick, because i cant stand such people. I dont respect such things so instead we teach them how to keep it real. Usually they quit when we disillusion them of such thoughts. I want men around me that can be respected.
Occasionally some person comes along and foolishly suggests that there are such people in the club. Allow me to take a stab at explaining why from a biblical stance.
1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Anyone who knows me, has spent a lot of time with me, not just followed me on the internet and met me a couple times, anyone who really knows me, knows that I am a failure. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Rom 7:18.
These are the men who have seen me fall seven times, and stand up eight, still praising God. These are the men who make no judgement about such things because they are looking at their own failings and they cant bring themselves to look down on me. These men understand Gal 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
These men see the same failings in me that they see in themselves. They also see the Power of Christ in my walk. The constant repentance, the constant crucifiction of the flesh, my broken heart toward my sin, the operation of the power of God in my life. And they see en example. A man who realizes how jacked up he is, who nails that to the cross, and follows Gods calling in his life. And THAT is something they can respect, THAT is something they can follow, THAT is something they want.
When I stand up from prayer and say God showed me this or that, or God says we need to do thus and so, these men recognize Gods voice because they have been cultivating listening to it through gentleness, mercy patience and kindness. And they go to the Throne of Grace and independently double check what im saying, and find we have our ears to the same throne. They hear what I say and see how I live and evaluate it from the biblical perspective. When Im off, they correct my course, they teach me. 1 Peter 4:11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.
Those outside this perspective are looking in. They dont understand why any man would look up to another fallible man. They dont get it at all, because they dont have all the information, or they are ignoring it. So correct them gently, lest you too be tempted. Moses, David, Joshua, Paul, all these men had people following them, and had people telling others not to follow them. Im not at that level, and Im not saying I am. However I am providing a biblical example for following a flawed man, who follows God.
We arent Jim Jones, Im not David Koresh, this isnt Waco. This is a serious group of godly men, who consider things from a biblical perspective, following a serious and strong godly leader. Dont get it mixed, thats the way the Bible does it too. Don't believe me? Read the book of Judges. One flawed man after another, sacrificing everything, given control of a rebellious nation, blessed by God.
James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club
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