If God Had a Facebook Page…

Posted by on Mar 23, 2009 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

I have had a Facebook page for over a year. I originally got it, admittedly, so I could make sure my boys were behaving in cyberspace. Ignorantly, I did not know when I signed up for one that in order to see what was going on “in their world” I would need to be “friends” with them.

One year later, in August of last year, Robert and David allowed me to be their friend and I have wasted many hours since then updating my status, playing Word Twist, sending flair, and writing mindless comments and/or encouraging words and Bible verses on other people’s “walls”. I don’t consider the latter a waste of time. Facebook is not only a great way to connect with your children (they’ve probably moved onto something bigger and better now that those over 30 have “taken over”) but it’s also a great way to do ministry.

In this month’s issue of REAL SIMPLE magazine they have devoted an entire article on the subject of Facebook entitled, Can Facebook Be Your Friend? I picked up a copy at the grocery store yesterday and it prompted me to make sure I blogged this thought I’ve had for some time now.

If God had a Facebook page…

Facebook has a lingo all it’s own and not every word used is how we use them typically. For example, “friend” is a term I grew up using referring to those I considered uhm….my friend? How else do I define that? They know me. I know them. We know each other’s history and have a bit of history ourselves. It is a mutual love and respect for another that involves spending time together, sharing heartache and joy. Best friends (which are limited in number simply by the very name) are those who fit the other definition but in overdrive mode. They’re the ones who would drop everything and come to your aid at a moment’s notice. They know your flaws but love you anyway. Expectations are not met and so what? They are still your friend. There’s no sense of competition, no one-upping, no glory in the other’s failure…you get my point.

If God had a Facebook page…

I had to learn more about this term, “friend,” when I began using Facebook. Once my sons let me be their friend, the “friend requests” from others came quickly and often. I had to change my picture from the gratis blue cowlick shadow man to one that captured my essence. The fact that I would even post a picture of myself on the thing was nothing short of miraculous. I contorted and hid behind a cookbook in order to get my favorite captured into my cell phone, praying the whole time that nobody would walk into the kitchen while I was attempting to Glamour Shoot myself.

If God had a Facebook page…

And so, if God had a Facebook page…

  • What picture would He put on His wall? None, because His glory is too magnificent to capture for such?
  • What would He write about Himself in His profile? Would it be this, “Read the Bible it has all the information you need.”?
  • What would His status update read? “Disappointed (but not surprised) in man and getting ready to send My Son for His Bride!”?
  • Would He join causes and groups?

I can ponder things like that all day long. Please don’t consider me flippant toward Him by even doing such. Because, what really started me thinking about God and what it would be like if He had a Facebook page was this word, “friend.”

Friend.

If you asked God to be your friend on Facebook, would He be your friend? Or, would He ignore you?
If you were friends would you want Him to view pictures of you where you were “tagged” by other friends from the party this weekend or the trip to the beach that show you doing things your mother would faint over? (Spoiler warning….He sees them anyway.)

In the Bible very few are referred to as a friend of God. In Exodus 33 God spoke with Moses as one speaks with a friend face to face. In James 2:23 it says that Abraham was called the friend of God. In the context of this passage it’s referencing when Abraham believed in God’s promised seed (Christ) and it was reckoned to him as righteousness and he was called the “friend of God.”

With that in mind, I take comfort in knowing that I am a believer in God; a believer in what He did through Jesus’ life, death, burial, resurrection, and transcendance. I am holding fast to that confession and plan to hold firmly until the end (of my life, or earth, whichever comes first). I am confident I am His friend and the friend of His Son, Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah who has come and who is coming again.

Here’s a bit of confession but I think I represent many on Facebook. You know what? I have friends on Facebook I have never met. I could not tell you the name of their spouse, their favorite food, the last joy or heartache, nor even the color of their eyes. I don’t know where they live and I’ve certainly never been invited to share a meal with them in their home, and vice versa. I don’t really, really know them do I? Yet, we would say according to the the language of Facebook that we are “friends”. In the true meaning of that word, though, we are not.

So it is with some who profess to be a friend of Jesus. They profess friendship or relationship, but they do not possess it. Therein is the whole point.

In Matthew 6:21 – 23 after Jesus has talked about producing fruit and how that relates to false prophets and teachers he says, Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them,

‘I never knew you;
DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Realize that He will say this to those who were out doing what they thought was His work and ministry. He, however, being the judge, will know those who are truly His friend. There is no treating that term “friend” lightly as far as He is concerned. You either are or you are not.

If you’re a friend of His, your belief will be genuine and your obedience to Him will be your lifestyle.


Take your friendship with Him seriously.

If God had a Facebook page…


3 Comments

  1. wooh, Sister! Very challenging and prayer-worthy thoughts. Love you! Louann

  2. I love reading what you write…always makes me think!! Going to share this one with some of my friends…
    Love April

  3. Such an awesome soul searching question for some and a sure answer for others. Thank you for the viewpoint! I’m sharing the question with my facebook friends.

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