I'm sure I've written about something similar to this before, but the movie I watched tonight really drove this point home.
My good friend and coworker Trey suggested a movie from RedBox titled The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe, with appearances by Brian Dennehy, Daniel Stern, and Liam Neeson. Basic rundown: Russell Crowe's wife is sent to jail for murder because she was the only suspect (I love how Hollywood thinks only the innocent go to jail) and he hatches an elaborate plan to break her out. During the research phase, he gets tips from former prison escapee and published author Liam Neeson. One of the things he tells Crowe is that, if he's going to do this, he has to be completely committed; that includes cutting all ties, even potentially never speaking to his parents again if it comes down to it. Several times throughout the movie, Crowe is tested as to how committed he truly is to this idea, and that's all I'm really going to say about it.
While watching this movie, I realized the extent of what Neeson was talking about. He won't be able to use Twitter or FaceBook -- at least not under his old name. He won't be able to be famous. He'll have to live in complete obscurity, leaving not so much as a text to anyone.
Let that sink in for a minute. Now, granted, some people have better social circles than others. I'd like to think I have a pretty good one. My college friends extend across the country by now, and I'd like to think I could pick up the phone and call them if I were in their state. For that reason, I couldn't completely cut ties with them just as much as I couldn't completely cut ties with my family.
This is the reason so many people can't leave FaceBook. They no longer have to remember the person's physical address, email address, phone number, or anything about how to contact them because they have FaceBook to take care of it for them. They may delete an account because it was hacked, but they'll go through the process of immediately recreating the whole thing. If they get sick of some of their FB friends, they'll cut down the list. But it's that inability to walk away that trips so many people up and keeps them coming back.
And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
-- Luke 14:25-27
Could I really do that? Could I cut every single tie -- even those of the family I love -- for the sake of the Kingdom? I'm not trying to do something illegal and escape over the border into Canada, I'm just called to live my life for the Kingdom. Will I let things hinder me and slow me down, when I know good and well I can't let them hang on? Or will I let it all go so Jesus can be who He needs to be in my life?