This morning I did a quick Facebook check before heading out the door and found status after status complaining about the latest changes made to Facebook.
Honestly, my initial thought was, “Are you kidding me?” – as in, Are you kidding me that people are complaining about Facebook? See, Facebook is free to use. If you don’t like the changes made, whether it be in formatting or privacy policies, you can delete your account and join another social networking site (or not). Pretty simple stuff.
I made the decision to make a statement regarding these complaints. My statement was thus: “If all of the Christians who have been complaining about the Facebook changes would get this worked up about spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, then we might be getting some kingdom work done.”
My intent was not to ruffle feathers or cause debate, but I knew that statement might open the door to opinions differing from my own. And that’s absolutely fine. I would have to say that I can agree to disagree with folks on A LOT of things. But when it comes to kingdom work and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I’m going to have to stand my ground…even if people disagree with me or don’t necessarily like what I have to say.
See…I view the changes made to Facebook as what may be termed as a “first world problem”. In other words, it is only something that people in the Western world would complain about. Let’s see…some other first world problems…”I missed ‘The Bachelor’ tonight! Nobody spoil it for me!!”….”I cannot get cell reception on campus!”…”I don’t like the worship music that is used on Sunday morning.”…these are just examples. Western thought is so wrapped up in “me”, “I’, “mine” that we often cannot see past the tip of our noses to the others around us.
If you haven’t noticed lately, people around us are dying and going to hell. Bottom line. Truth. It is happening locally, around your city, around your state, around the country, and around the world. So what are we doing about it? This is not to say that you cannot have a TV show that you like to watch, or sports events that you attend or view on a regular basis…it is even okay to spend some time connecting and sharing with others on places like Facebook (gasp). What is NOT okay is being so settled in our blessings that we complain when something with NO ETERNAL VALUE changes! When we are so wrapped up in ourselves and what belongs to us and our stuff that we overlook the fact that we have SO MUCH MORE than so many others…there is a disconnect, there is a problem. What I pointed out in my status update today was not in regard to time management (although I could discuss that in a completely different blog post). Rather it was in regard to getting worked up, because I read some status updates today from people who were worked up about Facebook changing stuff up once again. And I thought to myself – If we, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, got that worked up about those around us that are lost, we might see a lot more people coming to know Christ as their personal Savior. And, if you wanted to apply some time management thinking into that, you could say that if believers took the time they spent complaining about “stuff” and spent it on the lost more people would get to know about Jesus. Hey, remember where these thoughts originated…in my mind and in my spirit. They are speaking to me, perhaps even more so than anyone else! No pointing fingers here. Instead, I’m reaching out a hand. Maybe I’m raising my hand first. Because I know that I slip and complain about things that have no eternal value. So perhaps I should re-state: If we, as the people of God, would spread the Gospel with the some umph and passion that we complain with, more people would come to know Jesus.
Think about the book of Exodus, how God rescues the Israelites from slavery and oppression. He starts them on a journey (and is going along with them) to a land that He will deliver into their hands. A really good land that will be theirs to keep. He makes sure they have everything they need….but they still complain. We are modern-day children of Israel prone to complain about stuff, what we have, and what we do not have…when God has laid out before us every single thing that we NEED.
We are a blessed people in this country. To those who have been given much, much is expected and required. So let’s stop complaining about how they’ve changed Facebook yet again, and pour out blessing on a world that needs to know God.