It’s a common theme reading Facebook posts. Being encouraged that is.
One get’s the feeling if people are sharing all of the bible anyway…
But who’s gonna post all of the bible? I mean, when was the last time you saw someone post Romans 3:9-18? Or how about the opening chapters of Isaiah?
The problem with going on Facebook everyday (which is a problem in itself – most of us are more dedicated to reading status updates than reading our bibles) and then reading everyone’s bible verses is that it turns out to be very one-sided.
Not that I’m advocating people to publicly declare how the Lord is convicting them of their lusts and the verses he is using to so. But I wonder if most of us really know the whole counsel of God.
The Facebook Jesus is one who “knows the plans he has for you” and “comforts you in your distresses” and “puts all your tears in a bottle”. He is your “Shepherd”, your “Friend”, your “Teacher”. Even more so, the Facebook Jesus “knows all your troubles”
When was the last time you saw someone post “Vanity of Vanities! All is vanities!”
“If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.”
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Jesus was not afraid of declaring these things to the crowds. He did it all the time. In fact, people often deserted Jesus because his teaching was so strong.
Sound-bites of biblical exposition are troubling. They can be useful, but they are always deficient. God’s love must be held with his holiness, God’s justice must be held with his mercy, God’s grace must be held with his righteousness.
The only context that we can see all these together is in a church. A 250 character update may inspire, but it might very well inspire in the wrong direction – grace for license, wrath for self-righteousness or self-abhorring-introspection.
The gospel does not allow us to present the Jesus we like to see and like to present.
This makes me conclude that people present the Jesus they want other people to see because they themselves want to be liked. Nobody likes a wrathful Jesus.
Would you click the “LIKE” button if someone posted “You brood of vipers, you white-washed tombs!”
I doubt it.
So, what is really happening is a presentation of the Jesus that people think will make others “Like” them, quite literally.
Jesus didn’t care about man’s opinion, so why do you?