Is Facebook for Real? posted by jwatson on Aug 28, 2012
Is Facebook for real?
Has Facebook become a false reality? Not that I’m opposed to it. I have a Facebook page although I rarely update it. Author Donald Miller in his blog, “The Great Stumbling Block of the Creative Mind,” commented on social media, “We can project an image and score that image based on immediate Facebook and Twitter feedback, thus making a video game of life and a false reality composed of lies.”
My Facebook pages are composed of smiling faces, gobs of mutual friends and life lived in a euphoric bubble. What you don’t see shared is real suffering, real trial, and the daily torment of life itself. As I get older, I agree with my pastor who said that life is more painful than fun. We deal with doubt, fear, anxiety and distraction on a zillion different levels every single day of our lives.
Does Anyone Need God?
Facebook reports more than 500 million active users like me who spend over 700 billion minutes per month creating virtual images of ourselves, tagging pictures of the best moments and untagging the ones we do not want displayed. It’s mythical.
With hundreds of millions of Facebook participants, where are the people crying out for help and crying out for God who we all desperately need? Where is the life I know and experience with all of its messiness, upheaval, loneliness, despair, rejection and dysfunction? Ultimately, where, in Facebook, are the people who need the Gospel, non-Christians and Christians?
Keep on sharing!