I must admit, I am slowly but surely becoming more and more disallusioned with Facebook. I love the community feel you can get from communicating with old friends, from being able to share things you like and are passionate about – but, for me, I always feel an underlying sense of conflict and competition, as if there is always someone in my friends list who is just waiting to pounce, ready to point out things that aren’t in line with their theological dogma, somehow wanting to prove that they know more, or are somehow more faithful to Scripture than me.
And, it really annoys me!
Not that I don’t think challenge is good – in fact, I truly believe that if we are not open to criticism or feedback then we will never grow – intellectually or spiritually. But it does get me down to realise that some are just ‘friends’ in order to gain information so that they can point the finger and ‘tut-tut’ at, in their view, how unorthodox my theology has become.
If I’m such a stinking ‘liberal’ in their eyes – why don’t they just unfriend me and move on?
So I enjoyed seeing this cartoon by David Hayward today.
Not that I’m comparing myself to Jesus. No, I’m not that arrogant.
I liked it because it reminded me that popularity is not the main purpose of my life – that, actually, searching for truth, justice, love and hope in Jesus should be my goal, and, sometimes, others won’t like what I say or do, for the sole reason that they are in a different place to me.
But that shouldn’t stop me searching,.
Even if it does mean losing ‘friends’ on Facebook.
David Harwards comment with his cartoon are worth repeating:
“It does often feel like Facebook is a popularity contest. It sometimes feels like high school all over again.
The gospel accounts, as diverse as they are, still communicate the radical focus of Jesus to something more than popularity, winning a crowd or gaining a following. He wasn’t interested in fans.
We can live the same liberated life… free from the scrutiny, judgement and even admiration of others.
It is not easy experiencing loss. It’s sometimes not easy experiencing gain.
If we can find that centered place that is immune to the ups and downs of the opinions of others, then we know what it means to be at peace.”
That is so true!