I have decided to write a blog series on Facebook. I would say I am more of a Facebook stalker than a Facebook talker. Being the stalker that I am, I have noticed something about my news feed.
There seems to be a growing conversation among Christian friends regarding how to deal with posts on Facebook. Some examples are passive aggressive posts targeted at a specific person, but you can determine exactly who the person is talking about. Warm, fuzzy heartfelt posts that sound good, but are really not biblically accurate. Some posts are not warm and fuzzy at all, but are just plain biblically wrong or misguided.
What do you do? It is confusing to say the least. You cannot control what someone else posts, but you can control what you post. Today, I would like to encourage Christians to post something that is biblically accurate.
- “‘Fear not’ is in the bible 365 times. One for every day of the year.” Wow, how encouraged I was when I saw this for the first time. I thought briefly about sharing it on my Facebook page, but decided not to since I really didn’t know if it was true or not. Sadly to say, it is not true. If you research it, you will come up with lots of different numbers depending on the translation you are looking up. Regardless, it is not true, but God still loves us and wants us not to fear. I do believe that!
- “Follow your heart, and you will surely fulfill your dreams.” This is an example of a type of post I see. Is this true? Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Please, don’t follow your heart. Not good. Nope. Don’t do it.
- “If someone lies to you, don’t trust them again.” I have to say, if I followed this advice, I would have no one in my life I could trust at all except Christ. I have been lied to by my dad, my mom, my brother, my husband, my son, my daughters and my best friends just to name a few. It is a common sin which I have no doubt everyone reading this right now has done in their lifetime. Is this statement biblically true? No, Peter lied by denying Christ three times, but Christ trusted him to continue to be his disciple. Lying is not an unforgivable sin.