Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Facebook, Frogs, and Faith
I don't do Facebook.
That has upset some people.
Of course, I'm in the business of upsetting people.
While I'm often wrong and don't mind being corrected by the example of Jesus, Holy Scripture, and common sense, I'm serious about being in the business of upsetting people - people who upset God and hurt others.
That's why I don't do Facebook.
While Facebook is like money - just an instrument that can be used for good or bad or ugly with no morality until we attach ours to it - I'm just not into it.
I know myself.
Too easy to kneejerk and vent and brood and bully and...
When I was a kid, my social network was outside.
From what I've heard, and this could be a boon to parents with under-achieving children, behind every successful student is a deactivated Facebook account.
Really, I've heard some people spend more time on Facebook than with their wives, husbands, children, parents, and...
Notice I didn't mention anything about spending time with, uh, you know who.
It's the Hotel California syndrome: "You can check in any time you'd like...but you can never leave."
I'm not anti-social networking.
I'm just anti-idiot networking.
If I did do Facebook, I'd create an account with the name Nobody.
Whenever somebody posted something silly, stupid, or superficial, I'd say, "Nobody likes this."
O.K., before I totally, uh, upset everyone addicted to it, please be reminded that I've already said it can be used for good or bad or ugly and has no morality until people attach theirs to it.
I see lots of good uses for Facebook.
Flirting with women/men other than your wives/husbands not included.
Sharing potty stories not included.
Gossiping and bullying not included.
Sharing embarrassing photos not included.
Sending a picture of a cloud formation over Capron, Illinois that looks like Miley Cyrus not included.
Claiming 4,234 friends not included.
Reeeeeeeaaaaaaallllllly, 4,234 friends?
Annnnnnnd if you don't mind your demographics being stored by advertisers, IRS, NSA, and...
Help us, Rand Paul!
Truly, I see some good uses.
Staying connected with family.
Contacting lots of people real quickly.
Buuuuuuut from what I've heard, too many people use it to hurt other people like those old anonymous notes of snail mail.
You know how it goes.
Without the courage of conviction to take the Matthew 18 face-to-face approach of really following Jesus, they hide behind anonymity like those Islamofascistnutballs who hide their faces behind masks while they chop off the...
Oh, how impressive...brave...noble...
You know what I mean; and if you don't, maybe you're one of those who...
A pastor was giving a children's sermon.
He said, "When I say a word, I want you to say the first word that comes into your mind."
He said, "Frog!"
A little boy yelled, "Jesus!"
The pastor asked, "Why did you say Jesus when I said frog?"
Answer: "Because I know you didn't call us down here to talk about frogs."
This KD ain't about frogs...or Facebook.
It's about people who say they love Jesus acting like they love Jesus in their treatment of others when they text, twitter, Facebook, use money, or whatever whenever with whomever.
It's about following His golden rule of behavior: "Do to others as you wish they would do to you."
Go to Matthew 25 for a really, really, really important and eternally consequential connection.
How about this?
Considering Jesus said whatever we say and do to others is what we're saying and doing to Him, let's keep that in mind the next time that we're on...
Blessings and Love!