Scriptural Truth – Christ and Facebook
They wake up, grab their iPhone, turn off the alarm, and update their Facebook status. On the way to school they scroll through their friends’ status updates, updating theirs with the song on their iPod. At lunch, pictures are taken of friends and upload ed to Facebook. During the evening hours more time is spent on the electronic devices. Such is the day of a typical American young person and many adults. Facebook has taken the cyber world by storm and our social lives forever in a different direction. According to Facebook’s own stats page, there are currently more than 350 million active users, and 65 million people are accessing Facebook through their phones/mobile devices. They say that the average user has 130 Facebook friends and spends more than 55 minutes a day on their site. What if Jesus were on Facebook and He sent you a friend request? Would you have to stop and think before you accepted it? Would you have to look through your pictures, music, likes and tasteless sites before accepting? Would you go back over your postings to be sure that you haven’t said anything crude or inappropriate? Is there anything that would make you stop and say to yourself, “I think I’ll delete that before I let Jesus on my site?” If the answer is “Yes,” then why not go ahead and take it off? The fact of the matter is that the Lord does look at our Facebook pages! Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Not only is God watching you and me on Facebook, but other people are watching too. What they see on our Facebook site affects what they think about you and I.
We ask, “What effect is it going to have on your friends who may look to you as an example and want to be more like you? Most of us, when we receive a friend request, have some sort of criteria before we accept someone as our friend. Christ also has criteria for His friend requests as seen in John 15:14, “Ye are my friends if ye do the things which I command you.” Consider for a moment your faithfulness in service to Christ, bible study habits and so on. Now that you have, ask yourself would I really want to accept or ask Christ to be part of my Facebook friends? Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook