Christian Doctor Behind Facebook's Most Popular Religious Page
Divides His Life Between 'Jesus and Drugs'
Nicola Menzie, Christian Post
Texas doctor and son of an Independent Baptist preacher who
created one of Facebook's most-active fan pages dedicated to
promoting Christian messages and encouraging the faithful
worldwide has described his life as falling into two
compartments: Jesus and drugs.
Aaron Tabor, 44, emphasized to CP when he noted that he
divides his life between Jesus and drugs that he wasn't
referencing the Jesus Movement and the experimental drug craze
that marked the 1960s.
"The Jesus part is working through the digital media to spread the
Gospel, and the drug part is through my nutrition, skin care,
and drug development work," explained Tabor, who lives outside
He went on to describe a motivational
marker that he keeps in his office.
"I have a sign above my desk that says 'cure the world, save the world.'
So a lot of my approach to spreading the Gospel is to try to
minister to people physically and emotionally, as Christ did. As
humans, we can't really separate...if we're in physical or
emotional pain, we can't separate that from our spiritual nature
long enough to consider a personal relationship with Jesus,"
"Christ would often go and heal people or feed them and take care of
their immediate physical need and that would prepare them to
accept Him as savior spiritually. So my hope is that, through
the development of the drugs and skin care and the better
health, taking better care of our temples, that opens up doors
for me to spread the Gospel that way. 'Cure the world, save the
world," he added, "thus, Jesus and drugs."
If Tabor isn't focused on drugs — he's a gene therapy researcher "trying
to develop gene-based drugs that help people with wound healing"
— he's nurturing and growing the Jesus Daily Facebook page,
home to more than 27 million followers, and counting.
Jesus Daily attracts tens of thousands of new followers every
month from around the world, and they have consistently made the
Facebook page, for years now, the most popular Church/Religious
Organization page on the social network. Jesus Daily was
supplemented with a website over the summer, and features much
of the same usual fare that can be found on the Facebook page —
cute cat and kiddy videos, inspiring stories, motivational
memos, brief Bible passages, and illustrated invitations to
follow Jesus, to let Jesus into your heart, or to make Jesus
But his dedication to the brand is about encouraging Christians, said
Tabor. He insisted that his main motivation with the viral
content that is the bread and butter of the Jesus Daily
trademark is to spread the Good News of Salvation in Jesus
According to a self-described good friend of Tabor's who also helps
provide brief Bible lessons for the Jesus Daily
community, the unmarried doctor and middle child is the real
"I know Aaron's heart for the Lord and I respect him greatly," Marilyn
Adamson told CP. Adamson is director of the seeker-friendly
Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) website,
"I think Aaron, his motivation in building that page was to encourage
believers in their faith and also to engage with people that
have questions about Jesus. He's a very...Aaron's very, very
smart and he's been very diligent and faithful to post things on
the page. He's built it to the number of millions that are there
because he's worked really hard at it," she added.
"He's also a doctor, an author, I don't know how the guy does so much,"
Adamson said, punctuating the remark with laughter. "He's an
amazing person in his productivity and in his heart for the
Lord. It's just impressive how humble he is and how focused he
is on wanting people to know Jesus."
Tabor, who has kept the Jesus Daily page successful for the past
five years, appears well attuned to the latest Facebook, social
media, and digital trends.
During his interview with CP, the doctor revealed his plans to soon
launch an online church — a website where anyone from around the
world with the tech capabilities can log on and watch sermons
from some of the "best teachers and preachers" in Christianity.
As Tabor explained it, his goal was to help believers or seekers
who live in restrictive societies or who have difficult
schedules access Christian teachings on their own time. He also
noted that there would be training.
"(We) Just hope to be able to encourage people and keep them discipled
and eventually start training people to be home pastors and
teachers as well [as provide access] in many areas of the world
where it's dangerous to openly operate a church or too expensive
to build one," Tabor explained.
"So we don't plan to have a specific church building, but we do want to
bring in the best teachers and preachers in the world to
encourage people in their faith and encourage them to go out and
do more of what Christ told us to do, and to love like Jesus,"
Tabor, who has Facebook pages for his businesses as well as a personal
account, shared with CP a few details about his life not shared
in previous interviews. He also gave a special message for the
27 million followers linked into the Jesus Daily Facebook,
most of whom live in the United States and the Philippines.
In the transcript below, Dr. Tabor answers questions about his faith and
family and shares observations about what he thinks makes
Jesus Daily so successful. The transcript has been edited
Q: How do you describe your faith? It's
difficult to tell from the Jesus Daily Facebook page, not that
it matters, which particular tradition you're coming from.
Tabor: That's an interesting
question. My dad is an ordained Independent Baptist preacher and
with such a global site as Jesus Daily with the various
denominations, instead of getting caught up in minor theological
differences, I really try to get everyone to focus on a personal
relationship with Jesus because that's where we find our common
ground. When Jesus says in John 14:6 that he's the way to
heaven, that's something we can all agree on, right?
I think that formula's been the success of the page in general because,
when the page was started, there were a lot of pages about the
Bible but there was little to nothing about having this great
personal relationship with Jesus. I think that's refreshing to a
lot of people. A lot of feedback we get involves that.
Q: What do you think makes Jesus Daily
Tabor: Well, you know, we look
at the comments and just having a good feel of it for five and a
half years-plus working with it now, people like that they can
have a personal relationship with God and the mind-blowing fact
that God came in flesh to express His love for us and that
Christ is here when He said come unto Me ye who are weary and
heavy-laden and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
Fans can be reminded on a daily basis of that. Hey, if you have health
problems, if you have financial problems, if you have
relationship problems, if you need guidance for your life and
career, that Christ promised to be there for us to help us.
That's a big reason the page is popular — we're simply reminding
people that that's what Christ said and that we can ask Him for
the guidance and for that comfort and receive it.
Q: You mentioned that you live in Texas. Were
you born and raised there?
Tabor: No, I was born and raised
outside of Huntsville, Alabama, in a very small town called Owens
Cross Roads. We were blessed to be dirt-poor while my dad went
through seminary, so that's given me a really good perspective. From
gardening, right? (Laughs) — In second grade having to pick
green beans before I could go to school that morning, so that (built
up) a really great work ethic. I was blessed with extremely
wonderful parents who are still alive and in good health. My dad's
an ordained Independent Baptist minister.
After that, my parents were lobbyists in the state of Alabama against the
teaching of Evolution, at least calling for a balanced presentation
of Creation. We moved from there when I was 16 to North Carolina
just for a better Christian school system.
From there, I went to Wake Forest undergrad and then was blessed to get
into the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, which gave me a
really excellent background in medical research. [Of course] they're
focused on excellence in clinical research and innovation.
A lot of those techniques I learned in the medical research field, I
simply applied to the Jesus Daily page, in terms of, for
example, testing different times of day of posting Christ facing
this way versus that way, etcetera and on and on. I treated the page
as I would a medical clinical trial. I think what we learned from
that has really been priceless in terms of keeping our engagement
high in order to continue to spread the Gospel.
Q: Are you married or single? How old are you?
Do you have children, siblings…?
Tabor: I'm unmarried, 44, and just
waiting for God to send the right one. I'm the pathological middle
child (Laughs). I'm a good psychopath, I'd say. My older
brother's married with children and my younger brother is married
with one child, too. So, I've got plenty of nieces and nephews to
have fun with in the meantime. I divide my life into two bins: Jesus
and drugs. The Jesus part is working through the digital media to
spread the Gospel and the drug part is through my nutrition, skin
care and drug development work.
Q: I know you grew up in a religious household.
Do you have your
own personal salvation story?
Tabor: I was blessed to be raised
in a Christian household. My mother lead me to the Lord, then I was
able to be baptized at a later date by my father. So I had a very
clear understanding at a very early age of our sin nature and our
need for a (savior). ... We were such rambunctious kids that I
learned very early on that I was not going to be able work my way to
heaven and that simply was not possible and contradicted Ephesians
2:8 and 9, you know, that salvation is not from good works. I was
very blessed to have Christian parents who nurtured us.
Q: You seem to pull from the Scriptures
quite readily and with ease. Have you ever trained for ministry at
Tabor: A lot of people ask me if
I'm a pastor. No, I'm not. My dad is an ordained Baptist pastor. But
who knows? Maybe I'll go to seminary one day. Right now, I'm so busy
with drug development and with the Jesus Daily page itself…
Growing up as a pastor's son, we've been — my mother and dad and (in
particular) brothers were making sure we were studying and reading
our Bible and doing a lot of Scripture memorization. So it's been
very easy to have a very solid foundation for my faith and my own
continued spiritual growth. That's where that comes from, just from
having great parents who kept us in the Word.
Q: It seems that most of the followers of the
Jesus Daily Facebook are based in the
United States. Then the second-highest region is the Philippines.
Tabor: It's really interesting with
the Philippines and also with India… the Philippines is just really
on fire for God. About half the country is on Facebook, and about
one out of every six people in the Philippines on Facebook is a fan
of Jesus Daily. There's no one in the Philippines that
doesn't have a friend that is a member of Jesus Daily.
Through the liking, commenting, and sharing we're pushing the Gospel
out to essentially all of the Facebook-connected world of the
India will be Facebook's number one country. Facebook will have the most
number of people...hundreds of millions of people have rejected the
ban. We plan to be there sharing that Jesus is the true God. India
has about 33 million gods, so being polytheists, they're very open
and welcome to accepting Christ as God. Then, through discipleship,
our intent is to educate them that Christ claimed to be the only
true way to heaven. Both the Philippines and Indians are wonderful
people, wonderful cultures. It's just really refreshing to work with
them in their countries even though it's digital and I'm not
It's been a real blessing to learn so much about cultures everywhere, on
every continent. It's amazing to see someone in the Philippines
requesting prayer for cancer, and then see someone from Nigeria
replying to say, "Hey, I'm praying for you." It gives you a sense of
how the Body of Christ can be connected globally in a way that's
never before been possible. We get direct feedback from people say
in a small town near Cape Town in South Africa: "Hey, I thought I
was the only Christian in my city. But when I joined Jesus Daily,
I found out that 20 of my friends are already members."
So it's helping people in the U.S. and abroad recognize they're
Christians. The workplace, for example, people will sit side-by-side
in a cubicle for 20 years and they'll [never] know that each other
are Christians. They get connected on Jesus Daily...Facebook
has this wonderful feature, they'll show you what other friends are
connected on that page. I believe it's opening up dialogues among
local Christians and hopefully strengthening their faith and their
ability to go out and spread the Gospel together or go to church
with each other, (and) to have Bible studies with each other as
I think connecting that body of believers and not making it where it's a
bad thing to invite someone to attend church at your workplace for
risk of offending them when you know that they're all ready a member
of the Jesus Daily page. I think some of those barriers are
Q: Do you have a personal message at all to the
millions who follow the page?
Tabor: I would really encourage
people to be bold for Christ. So often...when I first started the
page, it was almost embarrassing to share it in front of my
intellectual colleagues. But over time, the more I have stood up for
Christ and the more I have spread the Gospel, I have had the most
amazing amount of blessings the past five and a half years, and
connections come to me more than I could have ever imagined or
Yet, at the same time, as is promised in the Scriptures, also the most
struggles come. Because when you're living for Christ, we're not
promised a life of health and wealth, right? We're promised that we
will be attacked. But through that, you can view through those
trials and tribulations, that it's God's direct calling on your life
to bring you closer to Him. And when you combine those blessings
with the tribulations that bring you closer to Jesus, it's a
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