Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Synagogue of Facebook


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Facebook needs no introduction whatsoever. As of June 2012, Facebook has over 955 million active users. In South Africa the figure stands at approximately 6.8 million (source), and the numbers are growing by the hour.

According to facebookdetox.com, who have expressed opinions on the subject I totally agree with, the social networking service has become an international obsession - an unhealthy obsession that takes away hours out of many people's day and creates a deep sense of insecurity as we compare ourselves to others (most of whom who are being dishonest anyway). Facebook is, contrary to popular myth, not a necessity. In the end, Facebook is not a real social experience. In fact it is the leader in anti-social networking. - Source

Although I’m a Facebook user myself, and signed up a couple of years ago in order to stay in touch with my son and other family and friends living in the UK, it’s been a long time now that I’ve not been feeling too impressed with the way things work on Facebook. Lately, I’ve realized that it has become a rather risky place to share intimate and personal (truthful) thoughts, especially if they are politically incorrect, or do not conform to the liberal-minded worldview, which 9 out of 10 times is a view that strongly opposes Christian values and morals.

This specific posting is not going to ramble on about the evils of Facebook. The main purpose of this posting is to reveal an undesirable and recurring theme that many Christians are exhibiting on the pages of Facebook. I realize that many are doing it unintentionally, however – it remains an anti-Christian practise. I sincerely hope that my true Christian friends who are reading this don’t feel offended that I’ve pointed this out. So – with that said, here goes:

The first two verses in Matthew chapter 6 read:
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets (and on Facebook), to be honored (liked) by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” -  (Matthew 6:1-2 NIV)
These words of wisdom are dealing with charity (giving to the needy). The 4th verse in Matthew 6 commands that when you give it must be done in secret… Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:4 NIV)

NOTHING ON FACEBOOK IS SECRET!

Prayer
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners (and on Facebook) to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” -  (Matthew 6:5-8 NIV)

And that’s all I have to say on the matter… Keep you prayers sacred and secret. Thank you!

2 comments:

Tia Mysoa said...

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Anonymous said...

Well said. Couldn't agree with you more.

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