Facebook - There's Some Mean People Out There!
Bear with me briefly as I share an observation from one of the world's busiest computer sites – Facebook. I am certain those reading this need no explanation as to what Facebook is and the intent of posting on the site. Each person can build their own "page" in which individuals can log and view comments, posting a response. The site can be used for updating information instantly and spreading the word within minutes around the world. Our ministry page uses Facebook to keep our partners, friends, and the "curious" informed with pictures, updates and information.
We will use social networking in a positive manner to keep you in the loop and give you important insight and information but time is too short to argue...
Pam and I have discovered however, that some of the meanest alleged Christians are part of the Facebook community. In fact, I have never in my lifetime or for that matter probably in anyone's lifetime, read such negative comments, hateful words, or strife filled paragraphs as I have on our own ministry page. We are certainly aware that out of 54,000 individuals, some will disagree with our message, methods or other comments. Yet, the hateful and critical statements have no place in the minds or mouths of alleged believers! We should all remember that the posts can be read by non-Christians throughout the world. On one occasion, a person of another religion was laughing at the commentary made by "Christians," commenting how divided and confused Christians in America seem to be, and yet as their comments indicate, they cannot figure out what is truth from their own Bible!
I have a good suggestion. If you came to our ministry Facebook page as a "like," then undo it and avoid out comments, pictures and information. I am far too busy studying, praying, preaching and reaching out to a lost generation, then sit behind a laptop and argue doctrine with someone when the teaching has nothing to do with salvation. Some have actually made terrible statements in hopes that I would be pulled into a debate – but it's not going to happen. We use the page for updates and to keep connected to those interested in the ministry, and not for a tool of publically arguing and debating.
There are people posting that would never, and I mean never, say to your face what they type on a screen. By hiding behind a keyboard, they feel secure and bold to pounce on your comment like a cat on a rat, ripping, chewing, tearing, and then going into the room feeling good about themselves. Society continually pits individuals against one another, as we see on the news channels; two people screaming, shaking their heads, interrupting one another, and both leaving the studio believing they both won a battle. This one on one debating and arguing has spread to carnal Christians who wait behind a screen to inform you that what you teach is heresy, what you are saying is wrong, and what you are going is not of God.
My team has observed that some people must have no life and literally spend hours a day jumping from one site to another and keeping their names out there, commenting on every blog and site that permits. Again, we don't have time to answer arguments and discontent people who don't even like their own mother in law, much less me. We will use social networking in a positive manner to keep you in the loop and give you important insight and information, but time is too short to argue with someone who won't change my mind and I won't change theirs. If you thrive on confusion – repent and get a life!