If you’re on Twitter, you probably know the @HoodJesusYo handle well. He’s amassed over 380,000 followers, and growing daily. His Tweets inspire you and make you laugh at just how accurate they are. We wanted to meet the guy behind this account because, frankly, we love it, too. Here are 14 questions with @HoodJesusYo, Luke!
1. What’s your name and how old are you?
My name is Luke Lezon and I am 22 years old.
2. How did you come up with the idea for the Twitter account?
Well, I’ve been the only one running the account for a long time, but before it was just me, there were three of us, and we thought the Twitter account @YaBoyBillNye was funny. It was just roommates talking about how we could use a similar slang, “youth-speak” approach to see if we could help people see Jesus through that. That’s how it started! Never put much serious thought into it—we just wanted to try it and see what happened. It took about 20 minutes to think up and put together. Obviously it has evolved a lot, but the desire to make the Gospel and Jesus feel more approachable has remained the same!
3. Do you consider this your ministry?
For sure. It takes a surprising amount of time and effort, but I love doing it! The amount of prayer that has gone into this by family, friends and many other people is mind-blowing. This has to be the most prayed-up Twitter account in the history of Twitter. It reaches people more than I ever thought it would, that’s got nothing to do with me, that’s all Jesus. I’m just the hands and the feet.
4. What’s the funniest Tweet you’ve ever written on @HoodJesusYo (HJY)?
You know, surprisingly, I’ll post things that I think are funny and most people don’t, then I’ll post something that I’m not sure is funny and people love it. HJY is so culturally relevant that it depends on what’s happening in the moment. I’d like to ask other people! I’d have to say: “Mary on donkey to Bethlehem… Call that Virgin Mobile.” I remember coming up with that in the middle of studying at a coffee shop and laughing. I also liked the one where I said: “Tryin’ to cop a pair of the Jesus 12s?” It has a picture of Nike Jesus sandals and it got the most Retweets HJY has ever gotten, I’m pretty sure! Hahaha!
5. Have you had any cool things happen due to the success of the account?
I don’t even know where to begin. There have been so many cool things that have happened due to the success of God’s work through HJY. I’ve had speaking engagements, been able to get on board with Activate Tour to help activate this generation for the Gospel and I’ve met a TON of cool people. I’ve met some of the most incredible people and been able to talk to others that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. It’s all about relationships.
6. You have a YouTube page now. What do you hope to do with that?
I really want to be more personal. I’d like to make creative videos and come up with content that engages people. I want to talk with others, not at them. I already love YouTube—it’s very personal, where Twitter is incredibly impersonal. I can read someone’s Tweets and be like, “Okay, this person seems like they’re really mean or something,” then I see them talk and I’m like, “They seem awesome! I want to meet him/her.”
7. Do you have any inspiring stories of people who have come to know God through your account?
I have multiple screenshots on my phone where people have tweeted that HJY led them to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Those are the ones where you sit back, cry and praise Him. I have a ton of stories, but even the small things like “sleep easy fam” Tweets are incredible. Not because the Tweets are incredible—it’s the response. There is a certain camaraderie that exists between Christians. I love being able to encourage and be encouraged by fellow brothers and sisters on social media. Glory to God.
8. What’s one Tweet that you’ve posted that you wish you could take back?
When Zayn Malik left One Direction, I tweeted a lot about it and got attacked by fan girls for days. Those have to be up there. Hahaha! But in all seriousness, it’d probably be, “If Jesus were alive today, you know He’d be collecting coupons…Cause Jesus saves.” People jumped all over me saying that Jesus is alive…which I’m obviously well aware of. I wish I could have taken this back and changed it to say, “If Jesus were on earth” or something. When people jump all over me like that for something I think is obvious, I get really angry. This means two things: 1) I need to be more careful, and 2) I need to not get angry over Twitter (insert me laughing out loud). All I meant was that you won’t see Jesus rolling around Target, but I understand where people come from.
9. How do you come up with these Tweets?
I’m a fan of culture because I’m a fan of people. I think people are extremely creative, funny, talented and inspiring. Whether they know it or not, Christian or not, they have incredible God-given talent. They have so much to offer the Kingdom and glorify Jesus with! Staying relevant and being able to talk about the things others are talking about is so important for this ministry. I love movies, music, television and sports. If I can take all of those things and show people how I see Jesus through, in and around them, then that’s what I’m going to do! It’s incredibly important to maintain perspective, though. I have to make sure I’m not letting culture make too much of an impact on me, but instead take the impact of culture on our generation and use it to point people to Jesus.
10. Do people know that you’re the creative mind behind this account?
Some do and some don’t. I don’t really care if people know who I am. I’m not Batman in my off time, so I’d actually prefer people know me so we can have real conversations! It’s a delicate situation because once I put my name or face out there, people think I’m in this for myself, which I truly think is the most comical thing ever. My notifications are more full than some people, and that’s it. I like talking to people. I’m an outgoing person. I want to sit down and grab coffee together most of the time, not talk via Twitter. That’s another reason why I’m so excited about YouTube.
11. What are some of the upsides and downsides to having such a popular Twitter account?
Upsides: New relationships, meeting people, hearing people’s stories, seeing how Jesus can use social media to reach others, love and encouragement from fellow brothers and sisters, being able to engage so many people for the sake of the Gospel, seeing how small messages can help a person through their day, being encouraged by others, meeting my girlfriend (true story).
Downsides: People who love to hate and make false assumptions without meeting someone, people telling me how to use HJY.
12. How much time do you spend on the account?
Not nearly as much as I used to, simply because there are other things I’m trying to do with it, such as Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, WordPress, etc. I’m still on it a lot, though, probably too much. I try not to pick it up until I put together the first Tweet and then it goes away after a “sleep easy fam” Tweet.
13. Any big plans for the future?
A lot of big plans for the future, but we’ll just have to wait and see what The Lord has in store. I’m pretty sure He looks at our five-year plans and laughs hysterically.
14. Do you have any advice from HoodJesusYo to the Christian women reading this?
I would say to Christian women reading this that the biggest thing I see on social media is women’s desire for a relationship and lack of love for themselves. I’d say this: Good guys do exist out there. The more you focus on growing in your relationship with Jesus, the faster you will find this out, because He will lead you to each other. Guys are stupid and immature; let God make a man out of him before you try to make him a husband. Learn to love God and love yourself. When you’re leaning into God, you will come to find out how much worth you have, and when the right guy comes along, he will, too. Keep your standards high and keep climbing toward Jesus. When the right person comes along, it’ll probably be because he was climbing, too. Jesus just finally crosses y’alls paths.
Also, this is a personal thing, and it applies particularly to Christian women AND men. It’s not attractive when people are Tweeting their desperation for a relationship. Be confident in who you are and who God is. You are a catch and God knows the desires of your heart.
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