God, Are You On Facebook?
by Stephanie Olson, Co-Founder Set Me Free Ministries
Facebook–a blessing and a curse all at the same time.
I have to say that I love the idea of keeping in touch with people I would otherwise never contemplate seeing. Well, "keeping in touch" is a bit strong. At times, it seems more like voyeurism. I mean, really, I don’t write on their walls or send them personal messages in their inboxes. I just look at their photos and see what they’re up to.
Sometimes it almost makes me insecure. I think, “Wow, what a life that person has! They must really be happy.” But let’s face it. How often do you put your worst picture on your Facebook profile?
“This is a picture of me just waking up.”
“Oh, and this is a picture of me yelling at my kids.”
“Here I am after the biggest fight this week with my husband. Aren’t we cute?”
No. Facebook isn’t typically for the most honest displays of who we are. Even those people who post things on Facebook that aren’t extremely flattering of them … well, isn’t there some sort of motive behind that? To gain attention, perhaps?
I’m afraid with all of our technology, we have become a society where it is easier to be impersonal. Facebook, Twitter, emails, texts … the truth is, we would never have to be face-to-face with anyone if we didn’t want to be. If we would prefer not to talk to someone, we just shoot him a text. They still get the needed information.
We are in an era where we are losing the ability to share conversations with people. We can easily say whatever we want when we are posting something on Facebook, but to speak to someone face-to-face seems challenging. It’s hard to be real, open, and honest. We might get … rejected.
Yet, we have a God who wants nothing more than to have a deep, intimate, personal relationship with us. Read what Jesus says to us in John 15:14-16: “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
Jesus calls us friend. We don’t have to text Him, Facebook Him, or email Him. We have a direct line to God. Just tell Him how much you love Him, worship Him, and spend time in His Word. Just talk to Him and let Him know what you are feeling, thinking, and desiring.
So, I guess God isn't on Facebook. But here's the good news: He doesn't need to be. We don't need an impersonal avenue to get to Him. Our direct line is through Jesus Christ. Talk to Him just like you were talking to someone sitting across the table from you. Trust me on this one … He wants to hear from you.