Facebook is a strange thing. As with most such inventions, it is simply a tool in the hands of man, whether used for good or for bad. What began as a way to easily share pictures with old college friends and parents living on another continent, slowly morphed into a book of drama.
The more I tried to clean up my news feed, the more ridiculous and petty the onslaught of “viral” videos and news stories. I must confess that I find it difficult to take interest in the latest, greatest, super-cool sandwich building recipe. Or why vaccines kill people….or cure people.
But, still I kept my account. I enjoy seeing pictures of friends. I enjoy sharing the random piece of kid-logic I encounter throughout the day.
Then the entire country seemingly took to FB to vent their political feelings over a particularly sad group of candidates. I was told that I couldn’t possibly be a Christian if I had voted for a particular candidate. The very next user would be just as certain that no person could possibly be a follower of Christ unless they had voted for the candidate in question. And I had enough.
The eternal security of my soul, and the out working of the Word of God in my life, thankfully, does not rest upon the shifting sands of my fellow-man’s minds. But such pettiness is rather wearisome. I have more important ways to spend my limited time.
But if you know anything about my family, you know we enjoy music. In today’s world of social media and the Facebook frenzy, there are many groups that we enjoy, that are only accessible on Facebook. Want to find out when a singing family is going to be in your area? Check their FB page. Want to know when the next recording is available? Look it up on FB.
So my account stayed active, if largely unused.
Knowing that the majority of people connect only via FB, I’ve reached an understanding. A compromise, perhaps. I will not read every pancake and sandwich recipe that gets posted. I won’t follow every vaccine link. Political posts? Forget about it!!
Sharing a verse? Great! Posting an encouraging article? I’m all over it.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
With my own girl testing the writing waters, she needs people to write for. FB is the most available platform. Is she a skilled writer at thirteen? Not yet. But she enjoys writing, and I want to cultivate that love, and help her grow it to maturity amongst a safe audience. The best, controlled method for sharing blog posts remains squarely on Facebook.
Social media is a tool. An aggravating one, certainly. But useful nonetheless. So if you see me lurking in the corners of the online world, please don’t think me rude or antisocial. I’m simply trying, the best way I know how, to guard my heart and thoughts, while still staying connected with the far-flung body of believers.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29–32