Mar. 20, 2017

Facing up to Facebook

Please try this spiritual experiment. Let’s all close our eyes, take a deep breath, and close Facebook.

Now, I’d like to suggest that we wait a reasonable amount of time. I realize for some of us that’s an hour. Others can make it 24 hours. Still others of us can shut it down for a week or more and walk away. Let’s just step back and take time out from this social driver.

After taking some time away, I encourage us to log back on with fresh eyes. Begin scrolling down the page as if we were looking and reading through Jesus’ eyes. Just spend some time, maybe 30-45 minutes, scrolling through the posts as if we were the Master of the universe, the Creator of all things and the Lamb that was slain.

My husband and I had a conversation yesterday. We’ve decide Facebook is one of Satan’s most useful tools. Then, I woke up and watched The Today Show (I know….I know….fake news) where a woman shared that watching a video on Facebook saved her life.  She was kidnapped at gun point and stuffed in the trunk of her car. She knew how to get out because a video on Facebook. It taught her what to do if she was ever trapped in a trunk.  Who knew?

As the Apostle Paul said, I am the guiltiest of all sinners. Don’t think for a moment that I think I’ve conquered the hateful hurdle. I realize I have a   l   o   n   g  way to go. However, do the exercise I just suggested at least once a month.  I believe the focus of our posts will change. Facebook is as good or as bad as we make it. Let’s say that again: Facebook is as good or as bad as we make it.

What do you think would happen if we spent the hours we spend on Facebook every day by reading God’s word, praying, visiting the ill, caring for the elderly, and collecting items for the homeless? What do you think would happen in the world around us if we did anything more spiritually-productive than judging a recent children’s film or obsessing on politics? What do you think would happen?

There is a voice crying in the wilderness. Perhaps it’s time that we behave as if we are in the final days as opposed to posting threats that Jesus is mad and He’s not going to take it anymore.

“A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” Isaiah 40:30