Gal 5:15 KJV – But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
There was a time that I thought that Facebook would be a good place to connect with fellow Christians from all over the world. Sharing thoughts on fellowship, doctrine, serving the Lord, our mutual love for the precious gift of God that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be a wonderful experience. Sure, there would be some conflicts, as not everyone who names the name of Jesus would be like minded or even talking about the same Jesus.
You would think that with Christ’s command to love one another would preclude true disciples of Christ from attacking, ridiculing, berating, name calling, belittling, condemning, judging (without hearing the matter); but it is not so.
The heretics and Christ deniers on Facebook are in full throat. Disagree with them on any point of teaching and you are condemned to the infernal flames. Attempt to start a dialogue to discuss a point in a reasonable manner and you are soon insulted and ridiculed. Attempt any sort of reconciliation with a brother and you are not sincere enough. Psa 85:10 KJV – Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other]. But, not apparently, on Facebook. I have seen so little mercy and willingness to forgive; so much thin skinned offense taking followed by return fire that my heart was truly grieved.
I’ve recently purged my Facebook friends list of anyone I have not personally met or who is not a spouse or child of a known acquaintance. This was not the easiest thing to do, there are some that I enjoyed interacting with. But for my own spiritual well being, I decided it was best, for a while at least.
So, if you don’t see me around FB, now you know why. I am considering setting up a page that will not be linked to my personal page, so that fruitful discussions can be had. FB can be a great teaching/learning resource. However, when 99 out of 100 posts are about how the most recent headline is a “fulfillment of Bible prophecy”, Rick Warren is the Anti-Christ, every event is a portent of the second coming, “I saw it on Youtube, so it must be true” type posts; it degrades the truth of Christ and the message of redemption that He purchased for us.
I am willing to engage in reasonable, Scriptural discussion, done in a spirit of mutual respect and conciliation with anyone at anytime. But I will not indulge or endure the ad hominem attacks, name calling, degrading comments.