I truly enjoy Facebook. Communicating with friends and family over long distances when I can’t personally visit is great. Having private pages for family, church, and prayer groups is an awesome tool. I have laughed, cried, been overjoyed and frustrated. Yes, I even relax playing Farmville ($7,000,000 farm) and Mahjohng.
I’ve been seeing a lot of negative, untrue, vicious, profane posts and wonder why I would see some of these things from anyone, including believers. Is it because people think that because it’s in cyberspace it’s not real? Get real! Did you know that Twitter allows the Library of Congress to record every open Tweet for historical purposes? Do we realize that negative, untrue, and mean posts hurt just as much as the spoken word? Are we aware that the computer, games, even social sites like Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc. can replace the One and Only God as a god?
God has some very good Rules that really do apply. Let’s take a look…
Exodus 20: 3 You shall have no other gods before Me…that includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, online games, chatting…anything that takes the place of God in our lives.
Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. How many OMG’s do you see or even hear daily?
Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Basically, don’t lie about anyone. That certainly includes political postings.
Ah, Lord, God, every perfect gift comes from above. You have given us the knowledge and ability to create the internet and new forms of technology. Help us, Lord, to use them for Your glory and for furthering the Kingdom on earth. This prayer is lifted in the precious name of Jesus. Make it so!
I, too am on Facebook for the reasons you gave and was shocked to see posts by professed believers containing profanity somewhere in their content. Lately, I have taken to “hiding” any post that is profane, negative, and derogatory. As a believer, I cannot have such posts appearing on my wall; it does not please God and confuses those who know I am one of His children.
Keep the Faith!
Amen to hiding any posts that could cause another to stumble. I do the same thing. If I get even the slightest nudge that it will grieve the Holy Spirit I take it down. May God heap blessings on you!