1 Facebook is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 It maketh me to “lie” in red/green/blue pastures: it leadeth me to post still pictures.
3 It distracteth my soul: it leadeth me in the paths of pretentiousness for its name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the Internet, I will fear not God, for it is with me; its “Likes” and “Shares” they comfort me.
5 It preparest a table of venomous speech before me in the presence of mine enemies; it anointest my head with “Friends”; my “Followers” runneth over.
6 Surely witty-quips and memes shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of Facebook for ever.
- : Lack
- : As in not truth, some intentionally, in the putting forth of a persona that is not really themself, but in the end, the real person cannot be actually put forth or known truly via this medium
- : Color model for computers
- : How do Facebook “Friends” compare to these?
Exodus 33:11 – “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.“
James 2:23 – “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.“
Proverbs 18:24 – “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.“
I believe social media isn’t social — it’s a fake replacement for it. More lies, along the same vein as “oh, all these modern conveniences will give you more time in your life”, when they required dad to get a factory job away from the family all day, and mom eventually at her job, and the children raised by society’s school system, all instead of dad being right there, hands on, to raise his boys in how to provide for a family, and mom doing the same in how to take care of one, being much more present to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
And I think you can see how far has this type of lie has taken us: I think you can see it when a family is sitting at a table for a meal with everyone fiddling with their individual devices, like they and the rest aren’t even there.
And the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44).
And what about family worship, something that was most likely at least known about, if not actively participated in, in Christian families not too long ago?
I could lament some more but will stop for now. And I understand the irony that this will be posted on social media by us (near hypocrisy?), but even Christ visited and helped those outside of those to whom He was originally sent; see the Canaanite women in Matthew 15:21-29. And I understand that it can be beneficial to have important information available quickly, or that it’s nice to share some pictures with your family, but I believe there is a larger issue at play, that even goes to what is important to people in their hearts and how much time is spent not in prayer, or Bible study, or keeping our conversation [behavior] in heaven, or renewing our minds:
Philippians 3:20 – “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:“
Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.“
Anyway, I came across a version of Psalm 23 for TV someone had done, and after briefly glancing at it, wondered if I could do something similar for something I am extraordinarily not fond of, not just because, but hopefully to bring forth a point of view, FWIW.
May God help us to redeem the time, for the days (by themselves, without us doing anything) are evil.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity [emptiness; want of substance to satisfy desire; uncertainty; inanity].
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.