The Faithful Fan Club

by Joanna Pierce on September 26, 2018

When I was in grade school, fan clubs were all the craze. A group of people would bind together and proclaim themselves die-hard fans of a certain product, event, or person. (Mind you this was at the core of idolatry, but that’s another lesson for another time.)

Thankfully due to our naiveté, the object of our delight didn’t rule our lives. In our juvenile days, fan clubs were created and disbanded (sometimes in the same day), and not really given much additional thought.

However, there was a time or two, at a girlhood slumber party, a fan club meeting would be called to order. Invariably, someone had recently decided they were no longer interested in the focus of the fan club. They had jumped aboard the bandwagon of yet another fly-by-night heartthrob. (How anyone kept track of anything in those days, or at that age, I have no idea.)

To the chagrin of the club’s delegates, said member was excommunicated. No one could be a member if they weren’t going to be a true and faithful fan.

And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment (Mark 5:38–42, KJV).

Jesus was not a maker of fan clubs, but He divined the concept of putting out those who didn’t belong. In this setting of Scripture, Jairus sought Jesus as his daughter faced death. Jesus gave one instruction to Jairus: only believe (Mark 5:36).

Upon arrival, Jesus informed the mourners the maiden only slept. The response from family and friends was shocking—laughter. Without thinking twice, Jesus put everyone out of the room except Jairus, his wife, Peter, James, and John (Mark 5:37, 40).

This wasn’t a fan club meeting, but Jesus removed those from the equation who didn’t belong. The others weren’t fit to be in Jesus’ presence, or around the one in need a healing. They had lost the object of their focus, and fell victim to a movement that’s been around since the Garden of Eden: unbelief.

This may seem like a harsh lesson, but if you don’t belong, you’re going to be put out. At times, Jesus couldn’t work miracles because of people’s unbelief (Matthew 13:58). In the case of Jairus’ daughter, Jesus put out those devoid of faith so He could work a miracle.

Separation is a model we see throughout Scripture. Jesus not only demonstrated this, but we’re warned the unbelieving will be cast into the lake of fire at the final judgment (Revelation 21:8). God has given every person a measure of faith (Romans 12:3) and it’s up to us to exercise it (Matthew 17:20).

Faith is putting confidence in what we hope for/in will actually happen (Hebrews 11:1). In our Christian journey, we must join the faith “fan club” and never leave it—no matter what comes our way in life. We’ve got to live the life He’s called us to live, and that includes living by faith and not wavering in it (James 1:6)!

If you’re surrounded by the unbelieving, do what Jesus did—put them out of your life! Surround yourself with Godly people who believe in Him and His Word. Be a member of the one fan club that matters: the faithful.