Frustrated with Facebook

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Sometimes I take a break from Facebook for a while, then go back on and wonder, “Why have I been off for so long?” I enjoy the updates, pictures of kids and grandkids, and learning really useful stuff like, “The Best Cars for Under $100,000 That Can Hit 200mph.”
And then I read some posts that are like a hit in the gut. If some posts I’ve read in the past year are correct, then you can’t be a Christian and vote for Trump, or a Christian and a democrat, or a Christian and drive 200mph.
Lord have mercy.
My non-christian friends don’t bother me. I don’t expect them to follow the example of Jesus. It’s those who profess to follow Christ and at the same time seem to be doing everything possible to make Him look like a jerk that make me frustrated with Facebook. I’m sure I’ve done the same thing – through gossip, lifestyle, and trying to hit 200mph. But today, let me focus on Facebook. Hopefully it will be a good reminder to all of us, me included.
The problem – and the opportunity today is that we can all write for Christ. And we do, every time we write. It wasn’t long ago when it was difficult to get an article in the newspaper or published in a magazine. Now we can all have an audience, and if we claim Christ, then we are writing for Christ.
There was a terrific article on this topic by Greg Morse, who is a content strategist for desiringGod.org. You can read it all here. Here are some snippets….
 

“In Christ, our calling is to “be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom [we will] shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14–15). Who will there be to hold out the light of joy if we are known for online grumbling and vainly disputing?  … I invite you to put aside your childishness and steward your analytical giftings. I do not declare war against you; I aim to win you. We need your sharp wit, careful eye, and boldness to speak.

“Some of us, like Saul before Damascus, have been persecutors of the church of God online. Instead of using our comments to sharpen our brothers and sisters, we sharpen our axes to do away with their heads. Our insults and hasty speech refuse to heed our Master’s earnest call: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He who laid his life down for us calls us to model the drama. But too often, we do not lay down our insults — let alone our lives — for our brothers.

“Charles Spurgeon describes the appeased believer as able to fault-find with the apostles themselves,

Nothing can please them, their cavils are dealt out with heedless universality. Cephas is too blunt, Apollos is too flowery, Paul is too argumentative, Timothy is too young, James is too severe, John is too gentle. . . Well then, let each servant of God tell his message in his own way. To his own Master he shall stand or fall.

I really liked this part – some good examples of questions we can ask ourselves before posting.

  • Am I speaking from a soul satisfied in God or from my discontent?
  • Have I prayed for this person to whom I’m about to respond?
  • Have I labored to understand what he is saying?
  • Do I love this person (1 Peter 2:15–17) — even if they feel like an enemy (Matthew 5:43)?
  • Am I merely trying to one-up him?
  • How would I phrase this critique if I had to speak it to him face to face?
  • Can I raise my critique in private instead of in public?
  • How can I say this in a way that aims to build him up as well as the hearers?
  • Is this particular critique needful at this point in time?
  • Could I be wrong?
  • Am I sowing discord or delight?

OK, enough of Facebook. I need to take my new Ferrari out for a drive.

AllBks

 

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