I don’t mean to brag but I am on Facebook – a lot!
See nothing to brag about there. In fact, I should probably cut back some of my “facebooking” – I love how we’ve turned a social media site into a part of speech.
VERB! That’s what’s happening.
The more time I spend mindlessly scrolling through what my friends from high school did over the weekend and who is seeing what movie the more I am aware of how it is used as a means to express your personal feeling and beliefs. You can freely rail against Liberals, openly assail the Tea Party, support this cause or that, post a picture for an hour to raise awareness for Autism, MS and the need for the BUCS to dump their failing…TEAM.
OK – I wanted to get mine in there too.
Faceboook is also a place where you can apostatize your friends and family by posting “Jesus loves you” pictures – which He does, or a random scripture that undoubtedly a friend will tell you is exactly what they needed to read – and that is great but I am deeply trouble by another Christian themed posting, I call it the Gospel According to Facebook.
And this is NOT good news.
The “GATFb” as I frequently refer to it as – well as recently as thirty seconds ago – is really two things. First, it’s bullying – another thing you can find that’s railed against – and intimidation. The picture above is clearly telling us that if we don’t repost it Jesus will stop loving us. That he’ll deny us in front of his father. Second – and much more important in my opinion, is this is simply not scriptural – not in any way what so ever.
The bullying issue is pretty easy to assuage.
Just STOP doing it.
Stop telling people that they somehow love Jesus less than you if they don’t repost your picture for an hour. It’s senseless especially since you have no idea what is in anyone’s heart other than your own.
Not to mention it’s reckless. You seriously run the risk of causing someone to doubt or even walk away from their faith just because they would not re-post your picture.
Seriously? This is your idea of loving “others as yourself”?
I don’t have a problem with posting scripture to encourage or even educate your “friends” but threats that Jesus will “deny” them in front of his father if they don’t cave to peer pressure – irresponsible.
For me, this falls into the category of “Easy Believeism” which is not really belief at all but is rather quite dangerous. Is the idea to scare people into following Jesus?
“Post this and Jesus will love you. Fail to post it and Jesus will send wombats to your house and they’ll carry away your children, pets or your favorite sports memorabilia.”
Honestly, it is a kin to a chain letter.
This is another of Satan’s lies and to be fair, it’s good. Since all good lies have some truth, this is based on something that Jesus said according to the Gospel of Matthew.
In Chapter 10 verse 33 Jesus does say “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” The problem is, this is not intended as a warning to those that have made the decision to follow Christ.
It is meant for people that DO NOT.
It is not consistent with the Bible to suggest that my salvation is in any way in jeopardy because I do not re-post your pretty picture with scary words. In fact, it could cause someone who is on the verge of real faith to teeter back in fear and never accept the truth of God’s love or its security.
The biggest reason this whole thing troubles me is because of something Matthew wrote earlier in his Gospel and is why I am convinced this whole thing is a deception master minded by the “father of lies”.
In chapter 7, Mathew quotes Jesus saying in verses 22 and 23, “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”
I think it is safe to say that posting on Facebook will get lumped into the “prophecy” category.
I’ve never re-posted one. Denying him or sharing Him has nothing to do with re-posting things but how your live your life. They put people off more than anything. And when they have your instead of you’re I definitely can’t do it 😉
Haha you spotted that too huh? 😉
Can I just tell you both how long it took me to even find that picture? I see them on FB all the time but when I wanted one? Nope. None to be found. Figures the one I do find has it’s own set of issues!
They are off putting, “you’re” right! I did not see it in the picture. I went back and proofed my post looking for where I messed up. Good catch!
Uuuuggghhhh. I hate those. I like to have the poster imagine Jesus up there going, “man kiddo, you loved me and dedicated your life to me….but, do you remember that one day in 2012 that you didn’t repost that Facebook picture of that one bible verse? Geez. Can’t allow you in here bro., should’ve shared it….”
Sigh. Legalism and bullying at its worst. You hit the nail on the head.
That’s very close to the image I have every time I read one of those.
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I can’t stand Facebook. I’ve been told I need to have a FB page if I want to be a published author, but I can’t seem to make myself do it. Facebook annoys me for all the reasons you listed and more.
If I had my way my spouse wouldn’t have an account either.
Glad you posted this- it’s a message that needs to be said.
TC, Facebook is almost a necessary evil…I did say “almost.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
These posts pop up everyday in my FB feed. I just ignore them. They are kind of silly … Ummm Jesus cares more about how we treat each other than what we like or repost on FB. When I am feeling really snarky (a lot) I just chalk it up to ” they love Jesus more” and have the scary FB posts to prove it lol
I think I’ll rename the post “Scary FB Posts.” Or use it for something else. Either way I like it. Thanks for stopping by.