FACEBOOK AND MY WORLD

Recently, I had to stay indoors because of the council elections going on in the city I live in. I had more time to flip TV channels like I usually do when I hold the remote control. Two talk shows on air that day coincidentally had the social networking issue or more specifically, the Facebook revolution as their subject of discussion. One talked about how Facebook had been used to raise funds for a baby with a rare medical condition needing special food. I also heard about a lady who had taken a Facebook fast during the Lent season hoping she would break free from her Facebook addiction. She was trying to apply the theory that a 21-day abstinence could break any habit. One discussant who was introduced as a social networking expert talked about having connected with some of the most influential and powerful people in the world via Facebook. He even said Barack Obama was one of his Facebook pals. On the other show, someone called Facebook a spirit. People wake up and the first thing they think about is updating their status and then the last thing before hitting their beds is writing about the highs or lows during the day. I know someone who once woke up in the middle of the night and found that power supply had been cut off and decided that the best thing to do was announce this to the world via Facebook. I also once saw someone stuck in traffic busy on her laptop browsing Facebook pages, to while away time I suppose, Lagos traffic could be annoying sometimes, you know. These days I hear children are busy on Facebook or tweeting away during classes when they should be listening to their teachers or lecturers. This has culminated in an increasing rate of failure in school exams. As for me, I have established contact with several old school mates I may not have met again, thanks to Facebook.
Our Facebook profiles have become mini autobiographies that tell our life stories. We relive childhood memories, discuss our present experiences and reveal our plans to our pals. Just like the success of an autobiography is basically determined by the number of copies sold, our profile’s popularity seems to be determined by how many friends we have and the number of comments on our pictures or writings. I guess there is an application that can help tell how many times our pages have been visited.
But I have questions… Can I afford to spend half of the time I use on Facebook on some spiritual activity like praying or studying the bible? Can I add my pastor or my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ to my list of Facebook friends? Would He be pleased when He visits my pages? Am I concerned about the spiritual condition of the folks I call my friends or followers on Facebook? My dad used to say, ‘show me your friends and I will tell you who you are’. Is this true about Facebook friends too? Do my comments and statements on Facebook dovetail with my Christian beliefs? Do I have ulterior motives when I use a social networking service like Facebook? Does my profile show any light or provide seasoning like the Bible says I am supposed to do? You may be asking if life is all about preaching and preaching. But what better platform can you get to spread your faith than one that connects you with your world. Facebook might just be your epistle read by all men. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3. Meanwhile, I have some friend requests to attend to on Facebook.

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7 comments

  1. Godreigns, truth…..but just like the television which the church wasted time to see it as a tool, every generation would have their own device, now there is always a place for moderation, just like how checkin ur email and chatting has reduced and people now prefer to skype and facebook(at least internationally) which would soon fade away.And yes i feel u

    1. So true ashem! Agree with you 100%. Every tool has it’s advantages and disadvantages and I choose to use each one I come across positively. I just started up a social networking team in the media department of my church which is poised with the responsibility of spreading the word via sites like facebook, twitter etc. I’ve seen how powerful these tools have become and it’s a great way to spread the Word. Whether we like it or not, technology is here to stay and will play a huge role in the end times (as the book of Revelation states).

      I had an interesting conversation with a pastor the other day as to using online/electronic bibles instead of hard copies and he was strictly of the opinion that anything other than a hard copy bible was just sheer laziness. I agreed with him to an extent, but only because electronic bibles have no way to allow you mark important verses and color code scriptures.. but that is only a matter of time. With ebook readers like the nook and the sony reader gaining ground, I’m confident that such functionality will be in soon.

      Let’s face it, we can either complain about it, like in the initial case of the tv, or embrace it as a tool to evangelize. I chose the latter!

      1. I agree with you guys. Creativity and intelligence are from God and all things were created for His pleasure. Our responsibility is to ensure that His brand (evident by the work of Christ in our lives) is stamped on all we are involved in. Let’s fill the technology cloud around us with the fragrance of Christ.

  2. I’ve always had this debate with myself. And I’m proud to say that my facebook profile is not questionable.

    I just praying for guidance to live a life that honors God.

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