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Don’t Be Facebook Friends With Jesus

Holy Cross - Thursday, September 08, 2011

Don’t Be Facebook Friends With Jesus 
Author: Sam Ludington

So I will preface this blog post by saying that I am not a fan of Facebook, in fact I would venture to say that I really don’t like the concept. I have an account, but I haven’t used it for over a year (partly because I forgot the password). I find Facebook to be unnecessarily intrusive, time consuming, creates a false sense of community, and most importantly I find that it has cheapened the understanding and appreciation for the term friend. I’ve heard all the arguments from Facebook supporters who champion its networking potential, the benefits of staying in contact with distant friends and family, and even its ability to serve as a marketing mechanism. All that being said, I still am unconvinced that Facebook is beneficial or even necessary.

But the real reason I dislike Facebook is because it has cheapened the term “Friend.” It gives the impression that being a friend simply requires clicking a button and accepting someone. At last count I had well over 650 “Friends”, but if asked I probably couldn’t identify three-quarters of these supposed “friends” of mine. Realistically, the term friend as defined by Facebook is at best an acquaintance, who we message occasionally on birthdays and special occasions, stay updated on their life based on changing status and profiles, and have determined their likes and dislikes based on what is indicated on their profile. Unfortunately sometimes we treat our friendship with Jesus as though it was another Facebook friend. We check in on Him occasionally, feeling especially inclined to do so on Christmas and Easter, give Him quick updates on our lives in 150 character or less prayers, and fail to invest in an intimate personal relationship with Him. In John 15:15 Jesus states, “I no longer call you servant because a servant does not know his masters business, instead I have called you friend: for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” The fact that Jesus would call us friend is significant because his definition of friend is not the watered down Facebook definition. When Jesus calls us friend it implies sacrifice, desired intimacy, loyalty, and genuine love. He wants to be friends with you in the deepest meaning of the word, and the best news is that He has already sacrificed himself for that to be a reality. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Jesus paid the ultimate price for your friendship, a legitimate relationship not just a Facebook friend… So accept His Friend Request!            

Germania Huntington commented on 08-Sep-2011 05:42 PM
Searching for the like button.. Honestly, I really like this post. The truth is that one of the most treasured friendships I have ever had its my relationship with God. He is the One I have always been able to count on but in order to have that sort of
relationship it definitely takes an interest. An interest in making more time to be intimate with Him and extend your deepest desires, fears, concerns, joys...while also remaining silent to hear what He has got to say. Thanks for sharing!
Shawn commented on 08-Sep-2011 11:32 PM
I agree completely Sammy. I would venture to guess the average person spends a LOT more time on Facebook than they do in prayer. If only Jesus had an account, maybe people would connect more often, heh. In all seriousness, it's really true. So many times
in life it's easy to remember our relationship with Jesus when the holidays role around or we have some type of tragedy going on, but it's so easy to lose track of him and not write on his wall very often when we are busy with other things. Some people find
the need to update their Facbeook status regularly just to let the world know what they had for breakfast and how stressed out and concerned they are about what they will have for lunch. Maybe we should all invest that time in letting Jesus know our real status
. . . and not the one most people share on Facebook. Jesus will always hit the "like button" no matter what is going on, he will always write back on our spiritual wall, he will never deny our friend request. The question is, will we take the time to update
him? He knows, but he wants to hear our status from us. Disclaimer: I don't have a Facebook account, so hopefully I got all the terminology right, heh.
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Sharaveen Rush commented on 09-Sep-2011 09:33 AM
I am sooo happy to know that there are others who feel the way I do regarding facebook. Timothy set me up on facebook last year and after about six weeks I committed facebook suicide. He took me out of my misery. I enjoy coming together with my friends
periodically and discuss spiritual and worldly topics. My best friend Jesus and I talk frequently and I'm always left refreshed, loved and assured. Let's pray that many more will see read this blog and turn to friend who is always there waiting to lead, love
and comfort them.
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