Facebook: The Tree
Many Facebook users take and use the platform to embrace their desired personalities. Many take it a step further and use Facebook to develop a life that is not parallel to the one they currently live. Others use it to create a business, developing connections, and providing support to people that otherwise would feel alone. Before I started this blog, I had removed myself from Facebook. I no longer felt it was a place that held any interest for me. One of the reasons for that was because I realized that many of my “friends” acted very different on Facebook than in actual face to face interaction.
According to an article in the New York Times, the average person spends “fifty minutes” a day on Facebook. Additionally, in the last ten years alone, Facebook has accumulated 1.9 billion users. Wow! That is quite a significant number both in time and quantity. Social Media has inadvertently created a platform that many see as a protection from behind a screen. Providing a false sense of security that allows people to step outside the comfort zone, which in many cases can be great or downright terrible. As time goes on, they start slowly shedding the fear and letting lose what they hide from the rest of the world.
But what are all those Facebook users really revealing about themselves? Does their Facebook Page coincide with the realities of their day to day life? Here are Three Facebook “Personalities’ that differ greatly from their real-life actions. Three personalities that fail to bear the true Fruit of the Spirit.
The passive-aggressive Facebook user will use Facebook as their courtroom, they hold the trial, plead their case, and make the final judgment. The comments usually follow a lot of argument in between people that follow them, at times leading to unnecessary bickering. Some of their favorite posts are usually those, Oh so funny, but yet very wrong Ecards, that are just flat out Rude! You know the ones I’m talking about… They sarcastically say what they are honestly thinking.
They use news articles, bad political jokes, scientific studies, petty comebacks to get there point across. In an attempt to teach their perspective offender that their view is correct and any other opinion must be wrong. They take personal drama and lay it out on the walls of Facebook, with indirect jabs and comments that they falsely think others believe. Hiding behind the notion that they are exercising their right to free speech, all the while attempting to shame, accuse, berate another user without having to confront the situation.
The passive-aggressive anger is leading the charge, making the user look like a fool. Especially when after a while they become known for their negative feedback and useless two-cents. But what is most important, is that, in person, they would never engage in that kind of behavior, ultimately they reveal their true self and the fruit of their Spirit to all that follow them.
When you take to Facebook to indirectly attack someone, it is not from God! A sarcastic Joke or an ill-intentioned post, filled hateful propaganda, is engaging in self-authority and judgment. There is only one that is entitled to do that… God!
The Selfie Lover:
Yes, I know we all do it! But in every Facebook feed, you have the over compulsive selfie taker. That post a picture of themselves in everything and sometimes nothing. They make sexy eyes, duck lips, and every other face. All in the feeble attempt to gain more ‘Friends”, love, admiration, or sometimes affection.
In real life, they are somewhat self-conscious insecure, and most likely utterly awkward in a social situation. They think that their worth lies solely in their looks and as the like numbers go up and their Facebook, has 1.9 billion friends, they feel to look for their true purpose and value in God.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to take selfies, but when you do it to gain approval or acceptance that is making your self an idol before God, that is mainly wanting idolatry.
The Ashlymaddison.com :
For those that can’t afford to sign up, for now, infamous Ashly Maddison website, Facebook is where they go and seek out connections. The guy or gal that is so unhappy with their spouse that they seek to reconnect with an old flame or a new love. They use Facebook messenger to send their infidelity laced messages to satisfy their selfish ambition.
Usually starting off with a little flirty poke on their messenger. Slowly creeping into the Monday morning wave. Wait! Some get even more daring! They start taking ‘sexy pics’!Before they know it they end up in bed with two broken marriages
It is All ADULTERY! From the thought to the bed! Plain and simple!
Do any of the above sound familiar? Would you be ashamed if your feed was on a news ticker that played across your body? Would your Facebook be pleasing to God?
The Sinful Nature Vs. The Fruit of the Spirit
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
In Galatians 5: 16-26 we are warned against the battle between our sinful nature and the Spirit. It is clear that every day as follower we must fight against the sins of the flesh whether we are out in the physical world or the virtual one. Unfortunately, many followers of Christ deceive them self on Facebook every day, giving in to their sinful nature. Believing that somehow they are excused from the truth of the Word. Almost as if God would not find them on Facebook.
As Followers, we are to grow the Kingdom by pointing His people to Jesus. We won’t do that if we are giving in to the flesh on Facebook, and then pretending to be following Christ at work, home and church. But be warned, in Galatians 6:7 we are told “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Facebook is not exempt from the laws of God.
I recognize myself in that description, so what now?
Technology gave us Facebook, but it also gave us bible apps. Click on that bible app first and check in with God, see what he has been up to today. The Bible is our handbook in our journey thru life. It will plant the seeds that bear the fruit of the Spirit. Will you be perfect no, no one is, only Jesus is perfect. With, yes you may fail, but you won’t keep failing. His perfection is what allows us to make mistakes and for Him to help us. Take the gift of salvation, read your bible and start producing the fruit of the Spirit.
You can start sewing the fruit of the Spirit and let go of those sinful acts; you can be the image of a loving caring Jesus instead of a fraud with Christ.
“But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians5:19-23
As for me,
I am not perfect, but I make it a point to think before I post, like or share. Making sure that I don’t post, like or share anything that would be disrespectful to my King, my husband or my kids. Additionally, with the launch of my blog, I have to be careful that I am promoting his Kingdom and not my selfish ambition. I try to sew love and speak with respect! I make it a point to please God with my actions and always seek him when in doubt.
But it’s not easy; I can’t-do it alone. I need to commit my life every day to my Lord. Everything I do I must give it up to the Lord. Will I fail? Yes, because I am a sinner by nature, but I must keep living in the Spirit, and I nourish my fruit with the Word.
Some days it comes to me very easy the love and kindness that the Spirit fills me with and I can then pour it out like water. Other days I struggle to keep my patience with my children or getting into a fit of rage over practically nothing. In those days, I stop and check my place with God, am I attempting the day on my own or have I asked Him to join me.
What About You?
I challenge you today to take a look at your Facebook and see it for what it is.
- Would I recognize you on Facebook as the sister or brother in Christ that I know in person?
- Or will I see your real heart, one that’s fruit is decaying post by post?