If Jesus Was On Facebook; Would He Be Your Friend: Devotion

21st September 2011 by Bill Davis
I am sure most of you are familiar with Facebook. It is a social network where you can post virtually anything you want. Your common friends can read and respond to your post or message. It is rather interesting to see how many people “quote” scripture in one post and then “quote” outlandish profanity in another post. If you are allowed to be their friend, you will see and can comment on all this. Matthew 24: 4; “Jesus said, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.” If you knew that Jesus was reading all that you wrote, would you still write it? Often I meet people who say they are Youth Workers, or Lay Ministers. Usually all those that they witness too, are also their “friend” on Facebook. After their sharing group or Bible study with these same people, they then post very wordily statements and these same people read it. WOW…is this the person who just a few hours ago was speaking to me of God? John 15:19b; “You do not belong to the world, but I (Jesus) have chosen you out of the world.” We are to be in the world, but not of the world.
You will have to answer this question yourself, but could this be a form of blasphemy to God? If we profess to be set apart as teachers, preachers or ministers of the Word, but lead others astray by our very own actions and words? If so, maybe we should study Matthew 12:31&32. Blasphemy against God will not be forgiven. Maybe it is not blasphemy, but it sure is a sin. Matthew 18:6 Paraphrased; “For if you cause another to sin, it would be better for you to be drown in the depths of the sea.” Mark 7:6; “There are people who honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” It is so serious that we all realize that when we profess to be Christians and especially if we place ourselves in a position of “authority”, we set ourselves to a higher standard of judgment from others and from God. Yes, it may be neat to be a Sunday School teacher, a Deacon, leader of a Bible study or even a minister to homeless and less fortuniate; but realize the responsibility in the eyes of God and the penality for a job performed less than God would expect.
Bill Davis

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