Facebook Christianity

Monday, September 30, 2013

Facebook profileLet me start off by saying that I am a big advocate for Facebook and all things "Social Networking". I use them everyday and I have connected with people I would never have had the chance to connect with otherwise. My blog is now being read in 131 different countries by people from all walks of life, socio-economic backgrounds, and religions from Christian to Agnostic, Hindu to Muslim, and everything in between. Facebook brings out the good things about our modern day culture that are sometimes unseen. But, it also brings out what is not so good about our culture.

I have said before that you cannot hide behind your virtual Facebook identity profile. Who you are in the real world will ultimately be reflected in your online world. In fact, whether we want to accept it or not, Facebook becomes a "high definition" projection of reality. It actually accentuates our relationship flaws and strengths. People who are relationship oriented in real life tend to have large numbers of friends on their profile. Their walls are full of chatter and comments. On the other hand, those who tend to be abrasive, unfriendly and isolated in reality tend to reflect that in their online profile.

I don't buy into the notion that Facebook is nothing more than just fake life and a place for people to disconnect. That may be true for some, but from what I have observed, it isn't true for the vast majority of Facebook users. People who are warm, kind, loving and fun to be around reflect that in their virtual identity. People who are mean, unkind, argumentative and abrasive reflect that in their virtual world also. The real you will eventually be exposed in your profile.

In Psalm 51:6, David declares to the Lord, "Surely you desire truth in the inner part; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place." Reality begins on the inside. Our identity, virtual or real, is not about what is on the outside that everyone sees, but what is on the inside which only God sees. That is reality. The challenge for us in the Facebook culture is that we focus on who we are on the inside because that will be reflected on the outside. Who we are on the outside doesn't change who we are on the inside. It's the other way around, actually. Who we are on the inside determines who we are on the outside. The challenge is to make sure those two line up with each other.

What is God writing on the "wall" of your heart? What do you want your spiritual "status update" to be today? What is your spiritual "profile"? Strive to be real, not just in the virtual world, but in the real world.

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