During the year of 2010, 250 million NEW people joined Facebook bringing the total users on Facebook at the end of 2010 to 600 million! Facebook is growing and the pressure to be there is not going away. It’s the new front porch.Last summer I went on evening runs through my new neighborhood and it was the dogs, crickets and me outside. Everyone else seemed to be inside enjoying their family, air conditioning, computers, and televisions. I thought – I know my friends on Facebook, blogland and twitterville better than my next door neighbors!
I Timothy 5:13 warns young women about becoming “idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips andbusybodies, saying what they should not.” ESV
Facebook is an easy place for women to become idle and busy bodies. So Let’s Ask Ourselves:
Am I using Facebook to complain about my husband, children, the weather etc?
Am I measuring my worth based on how many friends I have?
Am I portraying a fake reality?
Am I addicted to checking my page every 30 minutes?
Have I used a sharp tongue toward someone and need to apologize?
Do I have some bikini shots up from 5 years ago that need deleted? (read my modesty post here)
Am I married and flirting with a guy (other than my husband) on Facebook?
Am I married and developing a deep emotional connection with a man other than my husband on Facebook (read my post about this here)?
Am I ignoring my children or husband to hang out on the front porch?
Do I feel excluded from some of my friends when they post pictures together and get jealous?
Am I feeling envious of someone’s house, car, clothes, friendships, status, looks etc?
Am I distracted in my daily life by a Facebook debate?
Am I malicious when I respond to someone with thoughts that oppose mine?
Am I using my status updates to brag?
Am I using the information I’ve read on Facebook to gossip with friends in real life about a friend on Facebook?
Look at this extensive list of dangers that exist each time we log onto Facebook! Did you realize all the temptations that Facebook opens up for you? I honestly did not the first time I created my account. Yet – as I sat down to write this post these thoughts came pouring out of my mind in rapid fire. Why? Because I’ve either participated in the above sins or have been troubled as I have watched Christian sisters pulled into these danger zones.
Dear Christian sisters – we are followers of Christ – our Facebook accounts must reflect this! We are the salt and light of the world – our Facebook updates must look different from the rest of the worlds.
I’m not saying that every status update must be a Bible verse or hymn. BUT I am saying that our lives are not our own. We belong to Jesus and so our finger tapping must reflect his heart – not ours. Let’s let Jesus permeate everything we do – from loving our husbands and children to hanging out on the front porch. Pray for your friends, encourage them, be bold and share what you read in your quiet time, respond to friends in crisis, connect with missionaries and encourage them, pass on a blog link to a blog post you read today (hint hint lol!!!), or a youtube that speaks truth into your friend’s lives.
And a good rule of thumb to follow is – no Facebook until you’ve read THE BOOK and have had some face to face time with your Heavenly Father. You will need to be saturated in his truth to handle the onslaught of temptation and ministry that is presented to you everyday on Facebook. I’m praying for you sisters! Let’s make a difference for the glory of God on Facebook!
Walk with the King!