Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Does God Like Facebook?

Several years ago, like millions of other people, I created a profile on“Facebook” after many “friend requests”and many of my friends insisting I join. I decided to create a profile, and I did not ask my parents for permission.  After creating a profile, I started to add my friends, upload photos, and put my information online.
A few weeks after creating my profile, my mom found out that I had joined Facebook. Of course, I was in trouble for joining without my parents’ permission — and rightfully so; but after this, she began to work on finding information about this new social networking site. Wisely, she went to our Pastor and asked him for help in creating guidelines for her children on Facebook. Since Facebook was relatively new, there wasn’t a great deal of information.
In search of information, my Pastor created a profile on Facebook as well. Like everyone, I was generous with giving and accepting “friend requests.” I added everyone I knew, or knew of. I continued to upload photos, add information about myself, view profiles, comment onphotos, update my status, etc. During this
time, my parents and pastor could view my profile.
Not long after joining Facebook,my Pastor asked to meet with me. I met with him, not knowing what it would be about as he set a thick stack of papers in front of me.
When I saw what was on the papers, I was beyond flustered. I recognized them all. Every page had inappropriate pictures that were printed off my profile. They were linked to my profile because my “friends”had posted them. God says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17). I’m sure that God was not okay with the majority of my “friends”on Facebook.
After receiving rebuke from my Pastor for my mistakes, he continued to tell me that if I continued to use Facebook I would no longer be a staff member in our church — again, rightfully so. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
Besides being angry, my initial thought was: “I shouldn’t have added him on Facebook.” With a bad attitude, I deactivated my account and agreed I would no longer use it. Complying to theScriptures, my Pastor began to warn others about dangers of Facebook. He asked me to write an article about why I deactivated my
account. In all honesty, I opened my laptop and began to type: “I had to.” That was my article on why I wasn’t on Facebook anymore.
Since then, God has dealt with myrebellious attitude. Obviously, I didn’t “have to” delete my account, I made that decision— with a bad attitude. In my Christian walk, I’ve learned not to set a standard in my life because it’s a rule, but because the Bible commands it. For a long time, I avoided Facebook because it was a rule. Today, I avoid Facebook because I believe that God is disgusted with it. Perhaps, you are like Iwas in the beginning — unaware. Maybe, like I did, you don’t understand why Facebook is wrong. In my mind, Facebook was okay if I edited my “friends” list. I have For a long time, I struggled with accepting the fact that God is not okay with His servants using Facebook, because I liked it. I tried to justify Facebook because I enjoyed being able to communicate with friends and family so easily; however, there are several other alternatives forcommunication. We cannot ignore the Bible or what God says about separation because it’s easier. In“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord,” I haveput together reasons why God dislikes Facebook. In fact, I believe He hates it.
“Be Ye Separate” - God said: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be yes eparate, saith the Lord, and touch not the uncleanthing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
One of the main reasons that God hates Facebook is because we send “friend requests” to anyone and everyone. We invite anybody we know, and then consider them our “friend.” The average Facebook user has almost 300 “friends.” Most Christian Facebook users accept and invite “friends” that God is most definitely not okay with us considering our friends. In addition, most Christian Facebook users accept and invite unsaved Facebook users and call them “friends.” There’s no doubt God wants us to witness to everyone, He said: “Go ye out into all the world and preach thegospel...” He didn’t say: “Go ye out into all the world and preach the gospel and be their friend.”And He definitely did not say: “Go ye out into all
the world, preach the gospel, and ‘friend’ them on Facebook to do so.” Besides, if we are really preaching the gospel to everyone we know, there is no way we’ll have 300 friends.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes...” - Facebook is covered with advertisements and pop-ups that are wicked and filthy. As soon as you log into Facebook, you are bombarded with almost naked women or men. In Psalm 101:3, the psalmist said: “I will set no wicked ting before mineeyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shallnot cleave to me.” Regardless of whether we are looking at the wicked advertisements or not, it’s there. Everyone on Facebook is aware of the advertisements, and if we are aware of the wickedness and we continue to use Facebook anyway, we are purposefully setting wicked in front of us. God is not okay with that.Perhaps, one could say they don’t look at the dirty advertisements --which is impossible, but if it were true, would it be acceptable to God if a Christian sat inside a pornography shop to message their friends? Even if someone is not lusting over dirty pictures, God does not want us to put ourselves among them.
Many people may also be unaware that Facebook own severything you upload. Every uploaded video or photo is owned by Facebook when you accept their “Terms & Conditions.” This means that they can sell your photo to a pornography store, they can post it on their window with any heading, and there’s nothing you can do. That’s why when you delete your account, it isn’t actually deleted. I could reactivate my account and pick up right where I left off. Facebook has everything on file that we’ve ever posted. Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
If there was only one reason that Facebook is not acceptable to God, that should be enough for His people to want to do right; however, there are plenty of reasons why God hates it. Facebook isn’t a necessity, there are hundredsof other ways to communicate with relatives or friends. In everything we do, we should examine whether it is“acceptable unto the Lord,” instead of whether it is right in our own eyes.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Proverbs 21:2
I come to the conclusion that God is not pleased with Facebook, period. It’s my prayer that with the information I have written, every Christian becomes aware of why Facebook is not acceptable to God.

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I recently got sent the above article, and the message is powerful, and I encourage each and every one of you to prayerfully consider the message given.
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2 comments:

  1. This was a very good article, thankyou so much for sharing it, Bethany. I am not on Facebook for many reasons, some of them included in this article.

    Personally, if I were ever to use Facebook it would be for promotional purposes only, i.e. if I publish a book, etc. Facebook then becomes a good "tool", rather than a pointless "toy" because it furthers a seller's audience. :) Those are my thoughts, anyway.

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  2. Thank you for writing this post.. I have struggled with using Facebook. I used Facebook to spread the word of God and communicate with family and friends. What you said about Facebook is true and it really made me think. I believe Facebook is not acceptable to God because some people abuse it by posting sexual advertisements, nude pics, fifty language, boasting, gossiping, fighting, arguing, and are prideful. Yes, I agree God wants us to spread the gospel, but there are other ways to do so.

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