I just got an email from a friend (actually from from Facebook) he wants to be my “friend”. I now have 243 friends. I had no idea I was so popular! I signed up a few years ago trying to find an old college roommate, to no avail. I just changed my profile picture – someone said my picture looked like I was in at witness protection program! I think I have commented on all of 5 peoples “walls” since I signed up. As you can guess I’m not an avid user of Facebook…
Back to my friend who send me the “friends” request… He told me he as “trying to join the rest of society”, I think he was only half joking. Funny, Facebook is now so popular that unless you have an account your might assume “you’re not part of society”!
I know a lot of people find texting, and Facebook any easy way to stay in-touch with others and thats great. But I also see that all the digital options we have can also be just one more thing to distract us and demand our attention.
Yesterday I didn’t read my Bible at all. I ment to. I woke up and first thing I did was have a conversation with my wife about John 15:15&16. I was going to do some reading and further study on it but I got busy. I got a lot done during the day. Good stuff that need to be done. No Bible though…
I read an article a last year about people who are addicted to social networking*. I know people that update their sites everyday. Some multiple times a day not including looking to see who comments on theirs.
John Piper wrote a short blog** a few days with a clever title: “Man shall not live by Facebook alone”. It wasn’t the most articulate post ever but the underlying idea was solid. With all the advantages of digital technology at our finger tips, why not use it to spend more time reading the Word?
I gotta go. Time for me to read…
HOW ABOUT YOU?
1. How often to do you check your Facebook page vs. reading the Bible?
2. What are the pro’s and con’s of “friendships” online verse time spent face to face?