This episode kicks of our in-depth discussion of Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. We start in the Prologue and begin discussing Idleman’s core message–question of whether your are a “Fan” or “Follower” of God. Neither of us is convinced that these are the best categories. We also discuss Idleman’s loose handling and use of the “Feeding of the 5,000” to make a point.
John raises an issue that seems to be missing or presupposed in not a fan which is why someone should or would want to be a follower of God. Looking ahead to chapter one, Idleman appears to be leading in the direction of suggesting that the issue of fan vs. follower is critical towards determining where a person will spend eternity.
We look at this a little deeper and question whether this doesn’t cheapen the whole meaning of love and being in relation with God–the idea that people will simply chose the “right” answer of “being a follower” because they want to go to heaven. Is that really the only and best relationship to be in relationship with God?
Gregg talks about being overwhelmed by God’s love and that being in love is what makes him a follower, not where he is going to spend eternity or duty. He also talks about how when we are in love we respond in different ways and are transformed–we like the people we become. We don’t love God for naught–that isn’t a love relationship.
We also start to talk about the notion of “experience” and what that means and how it plays out in what we believe.
And there’s more too, so listen to the episode and tell us what you think.