Andrew Hughes | Category: Culture
Confession: I really like Facebook. Often, I spend more time than really necessary…and I’m particularly addicted to swimming in the Facebook pool too long at night before going to sleep…and then right before falling asleep, “Wait, I forgot to check out Twitter!” Hah. Come on, I know some of you do the same thing!
In my use of Facebook, I’ve experienced some dangers. I don’t mean physical dangers but spiritual – heart matter dangers. And I don’t mean I just see others experiencing them while I’ve got things mastered. I mean that I see these as dangers to me personally. Maybe you’ll find some commonality in your own life.
Here are a few questions possibly worth asking yourself before you post or comment:
A few things way to avoid some of these dangers:
Lest you think I hate Facebook and have deleted my account (which I haven’t), don’t get me wrong. There are many good things about it like staying in touch with family, sharing pictures with long-distance relatives, connecting with old friends you otherwise may never connect with, and staying up to date with deals, activities, new products, helpful resources. These are all redeeming qualities of this technology and from that perspective, a gift from God. It doesn't have to tear down relationships or be self-congratulatory in nature. And being funny or posting lots of pictures doesn't itself mean you are narcissistic. So don't misread this.
However, for all the good, Facebook has a way of bringing out the worst in us doesn't it? Facebook, at the end of the day, really is all about you and me. That’s the idea behind it—my profile, my pictures, my life, my status, my feelings, my favorite movie, my favorite candy. The more comments and likes the better. If I can think of the smartest, funniest, snarkiest, meanest response to something, then maybe, just maybe, I can get more likes on my comment than the actual post originally got itself!
So, are we using Facebook simply as a self-exalting kingdom-building project? -- to build up confidence in and attract attention to ourselves- our opinions, our perceptions, our confident assertions, our beauty, our great life, our complaints?
Instead, let’s work together to exalt God’s kingdom by receiving Facebook as a gift of His good creation to be enjoyed for good, not exploited for self.
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