It’s called “ghosting.” Apparently it’s becoming quite the trend. Eventually, I guess, the other person gets the message and stops pursuing you. It’s also called “the slow fade,” where you just gradually drop out of that other person’s life. Seems kind of cowardly, if you ask me.
One poor guy had dated a girl for three months. They saw each other often, and he had even met her parents. Over dinner one night, they had that conversation where they talked about the future, and both decided they wanted their relationship to go further. Later that night he dropped her off at home and kissed her goodnight.
And he never heard from her again. He attempted numerous times to contact her, then had delivered cupcakes to her office. Then he discovered that his name had been removed from the guest list at the gate.
No explanations, only questions.
Commitment apparently scared her, and she ran.
It’s really nothing new; it’s only making news because some celebrity has ghosted another celebrity. But it’s been around for a long time. Even some church members have been doing this—well, probably since there has been a church.
They start attending, get involved and perhaps even join a church. Then one day, nothing. They just drop out. When contacted, they may say that they’ve just been busy, or may offer no explanation at all, just saying that they’ll get started back again soon. And they may come once or twice, but that will be it. They have ghosted us.
Of course it burdens me that people would ghost their church, sometimes even after attending faithfully for many years. But I’m more concerned about whether or not we are ghosting Jesus. How is that?
By suddenly cutting off any communication or communion with Him without any explanation or reason given. Have I ceased to spend time with Him in prayer and daily fellowship? Is He as important to me as He used to be? Am I walking daily with Him, learning from Him, loving Him and being loved by Him?
Are you ghosting Jesus?
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com