Oh here we go again! Yet another fanatical, christian who hates facebook and is going to tell me why it is against God and is a big SIN. Well your wrong. While I am a christian, but I do not believe all facebook is wrong. I do believe however that it is composed of sinners (just like me) and thus it has it's flaws like everything else in the world. Many use facebook as a sounding board or a journal of their lives, some use it to tear others down and build themselves up. Some use it for a soapbox or a way to relief themselves of a burden they are carrying in nauseating detail. I know, I know your saying all I am seeing is you tearing down facebook I thought you said you liked it. I do I feel that it can be a tool used in keeping in touch with friends and family while remembering your in public. Some use it as a way to witness of Christ love and how to be saved. Some use it to share what the Lord is teaching them.
Some use facebook for drama and arguing. If it is an argument that soon will be over, but what you have typed can cause bitter feelings it is better to never have gone up in public which is what facebook is the public. While those words you typed can be deleted the words can never be taken back once the person or others have seen them. That goes along with an earlier post on the tongue and the tube of toothpaste. Think about it businesses are constantly asking you to like them on facebook why cause they are trying to get their product out to the public. So while you may not say those things in public if you type them out on facebook you are already doing that. It is no different then you going out to the grocery store or to any other public place and complaining to a group of strangers. I know what your next words are going to be well I only have family and close friends on my facebook and that is a really good thing to do I too have family and close friends on mine as well. But I would not tell all my family certain things in my private life maybe one or two that I am truly close to and may want them to pray about something with me. Remember in Matthew 12:36-37 "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." I sometimes.... ok alot of times I forget this is in the bible and that these words are Jesus's words.
Now I know some use facebook as a tool to get offended. Yep you read that correctly. Some people live to get offended. They carry a chip on there shoulder and have a desire to fight. While some decry the use of facebook altogether and they swear they are not on there but they know exactly what is going on and get offended. You can't decry the use of something and then use it that is hypocrisy. Nor should it be used to voice your anger like I said earlier. The bible once again has the answer if you have a problem with your brother/sister you are to go to them in private one on one. Yes, even if they did it in public you should be the more mature christian and do what is right. Again easier said then done I know.
Whether we are tearing down a friend, neighbor, loved ones, hubby or our children, God says we will give an accounting of what we have said and how we have torn down others. The 10 commandments even says not to bear false witness. Well you may be asking what if it is true. There are many true things that need to not be aired out in public. Proverbs 11:13 " A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter." We as Christians need to be setting the example to our kids, young adults, hubby, friends and neighbors. A simple post can build up or trash your testimony and the testimony of another. It can make others view you as a hypocrite and unworthy to go to for counsel for fear of broadcasting it in public.
So what can we put on facebook. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." That verse can also go for typing or writing things as well.
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