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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Holiness and Facebook: Mutual Exclusion?

Did you know that this month, the users of Facebook have numbered beyond 600 MILLION?

Did you know that these users spend over 700 BILLION minutes PER MONTH?

Did you know that the average user creates about 90 pieces of content every month?

Did you know that there are over 30 BILLION pieces of information (Photos, posts, web links, news stories, etc.) shared each month?

Did you know that over 50% of Facebook Users log on every day and thereby reading, deciphering, hiding, pondering and/or deleting (OH, the horror!) your posts.  

Have YOU truly thought about how much impact YOU are having in lives that YOU touch?

I appreciate Mark Zuckerberg, just from the little I know about him which is to say, I know he created Facebook.  That's about it.  I did not see the movie and I have not researched his life on Wikipedia.  The appreciation comes strictly from the fact that he was smart enough and resourceful enough to provide for people a platform or forum in which to be heard.  People who would never have gotten that chance to be heard now have hundreds of "friends" that will listen/(read) what runs through the mind and life of this one person.  

Times 600 Million. 

As a Christian, we are called to be holy or "set apart".  It is not a request.  It is a command.  We are to be holy as Christ is holy.  Christ was different.  That means that I am to be different.  We are to be in the world and not of the world.  

But you already know all this....

...Don't you?

And, since we do, in fact, know this, WHY is it that we as Christians, write, post, complain, jeer, humiliate, gripe, and bellyache no differently than those who do not follow a sovereign God and Savior?
I get it.  Seriously.  Life is hard.  Absolutely it is.  Everyone has problems in life and you can always find someone who has a way better set-up than you do.... But the converse is also true.....You will always be able to find someone with a significantly worse set-up than you could imagine.  I could make a list for you of my irritations, frustrations, problems and concerns and though it would make for entertaining reading for some, they are very real to me.  I bet you could make your own list....

...Probably WAY longer than mine. 


...that doesn't negate what God has commanded us to do.  We are still called to be holy and set apart from the rest of the world.  Not just on Sundays, everyday.  

Not just when we see church friends in the foyer
.... but also when we are stuck in traffic with strangers.
Not just when we invite neighbors over for a meal
.... but also when we "friend" someone new on Facebook.
Not just when we are writing our Sunday School lessons
... but also when we are writing 140 character text messages.
And not only when we are sharing with the Lord in prayer
...but also when we are sharing with friends on Facebook. 

People, whether you want to or not, you are having an impact.  In fact, you are not just having an impact.  You are MAKING an impact.  Depending on your name, you hold clout in different spheres of influence.  If you're name is Steve Jobs, you have tremendous impact on all Apple users of the world, either positive or negative.  If your name is Ron Howard, you have tremendous impact on the film/TV industry either positive or negative.  If your name is Mom, you have tremendous impact on your family, either positive or negative.

If your name is Christian, YOU have tremendous impact on the world either positive or negative.  
Are you set apart?  Do you look like the world in the midst of the world?  Would anybody say you're different in either your actions, reactions, words, opinions, or posts on Facebook?

They should.  If they are not, is it their fault for not noticing ....
... or your fault for blending in?