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Religion


Facebook and Jesus Part 4


By Pastor Philip Howle
web 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 a friend.

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 morals." 
  
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. Ecclesiastes  4:9-10

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 much.

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 hate you.

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.

Pastor Phillip


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