Bandwagon is a term that is often thrown around in our society. Plan to hear it soon with Super Bowl 50 right around the corner. We all know what it is. Bandwagoner’s identify themselves with a group or a team to be on the winning side. They are marked by outward appearances only. Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. Esther experienced it, as we will see.
Esther 8:15 reads, “And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.” Do you hear bandwagon in this? I do. Because of the king’s edict, the Jewish people were revered, honored and protected. They became popular. People from all over clambered for the same attention. But were they really Jews? As I consider that question, I am compelled to ask, “Are we really Christians?” How exactly should we define that relationship?
In his book, Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman defines Christ-Followers. He says, “It may seem that there are many followers of Jesus, but if they were honestly to define the relationship they have with him I am not sure it would be accurate to describe them as followers. It seems to me that there is a more suitable word to describe them. They are not followers of Jesus. They are fans of Jesus.” Do you see how this parallels the bandwagon Jews of Esther 8? When we choose Christ because of what he can do for us, we are similar to bandwagoner’s. The same people that Paul and Jesus are railing on. In fact, we fit perfectly Paul’s description in Romans 3
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one”
(Romans 3:10-12 ESV)
OUCH! Those words sting! We have exactly two choices to alleviate the pain. One is to renounce Christ, which is clearly a bad choice. The other is to receive, by faith, the justification and redemption that is in Christ Jesus whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood to be received by faith. (Romans 3:24,25). When we finally surrender to Christ, our salvation becomes “a matter of the heart, by the Spirit and His praise is not from man, but from God.” (Romans 2:29). NOT a bandwagon Christian.