I cringe when I hear people say that they want to make the name of Jesus famous. Do you know how much Jesus cared about being famous? Not much. Not at all, actually. He was constantly telling people not to go blabbing to everyone they knew about what he was doing. When his popularity was skyrocketing and the crowds following him were gigantic mobs, he preached a sermon that sounded a lot like he was promoting cannibalism (or vampirism) as part of following him (see John 6).
“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” – John 6:66
Yes, you read that right. Jesus was so concerned about being famous that he basically said, “Fine! You think you have what it takes? Try this – you can’t follow me unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood! If you’re tough enough for that, stick around. Otherwise, get lost!” He gave the most challenging sermon he could think of, the one that he knew would clear out all the dead wood, get rid of the social climbers and the power seekers.
There were a couple things Jesus was very concerned about, though.
Love – John 13:34-35
And Discipleship – ibid. and Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 12:29-31
Look, here’s the thing. Making Jesus’ name famous is an insult compared to loving God, loving his children, and making disciples. It makes the Church look like a blind date instead of his bride.