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Facebook and Jesus Part 4
By Pastor Philip Howle
posted March 12, 2013
RELIGION – We continue on in our journey
of the magnetic appeal of Facebook and social media in our society. I
found old statics from 2010 (these are very dated, three years in
internet time is massive), but as of 2010 “Seven hundred billion
minutes. That’s how much time Facebook’s 500 million active users spend
on the site every month.
700,000,000,000 minutes. Let that one sink in for a moment. Every month
we spend the equivalent of 1.3 million years on Facebook; the
equivalent of nearly 18,000 lifetimes. More than half of us log in
every single day; we average 130 friends.
Facebook now offers 900 million different objects or pages for us to
interact with—groups, events, community pages, and so on. We upload
over 3 billion photographs every month (which means we’re uploading
millions every hour).Do you know what really blows my mind about all of
this? Facebook is only 7 years old. Most of us have joined in only the
past 2 or 3 years.”
But why the phenomenal growth and attraction of Facebook? I believe one
of the reasons is that it offers false community. Being a good friend
takes time and investment. But on Facebook, I have 903 friends! Most I
have not seen of talked to in a few years. So is this friendship? Is it
possible that a friend can be someone you have not ever met before, but
they clicked on your Facebook page and asked to be your friend? I don't
really think so. But here is some Biblical advice on how to be and have
Friends should be selected carefully.
Pro 22:24-25 Don't make friends with an angry man, and don't be a
companion of a hot-tempered man, (25) or you will learn his
ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good
As a friend, you must be willing to confront another person’s sin if it
is hurting them.
Pro 27:5-6 Better an open reprimand than concealed love.
(6) The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an
enemy are excessive.
Friends help the burdens of life be easier, for both of you.
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their
efforts. (10) For if either falls, his companion can lift
him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born
for a difficult time.
You should, however, be careful not to lean too much on or burden too
Pro 25:16-17 If you find honey, eat only what you need;
otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit. (17) Seldom
set foot in your neighbor's house; otherwise, he'll get sick of you and
Friends are there with them in good and bad times.
Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who
weep. Good friends are few in number.
Pro 18:24 A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a
friend who stays closer than a brother.
A good friend should bring you closer to God.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
A true friend will be willing to lay down his life for you.
John 15:12-15 This is My command: love one another as I have
loved you. (13) No one has greater love than this, that
someone would lay down his life for his friends. (14) You
are My friends if you do what I command you. (15) I do not
call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn't know what his master
is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you
everything I have heard from My Father.
So looking at these traits of being and having a good friend, I think
we conclude two things:
1. Facebook is fun, but clicking to accept someone as a friend does not
truly make you friends
2. There is truly no greater friend in the world than Jesus. You don’t
have to click and ask for invite and wonder if you will be accepted. He
longs to be friends with sinners: Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man
came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a
drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” So ask Jesus to be
not just your friend, but Savior, and Lord of your life.
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