We all have pet peeves.
Stupid little things that for some reason just tend to set us off.
One of mine is what I like to call “Cheesy Christianity.”
I’ve mentioned this before, but for some reason new ideas keep popping up.
I’ve talked about the church signs (“Seven days without prayer makes one weak”)
I’ve talked about t-shirts that resemble popular logos (“It was Yoo-hoo he died for”)
But now, as social networking is reaching heights of epic proportions, another needs to be addressed: Facebook statuses.
Using your status to express your faith is one thing.
Now that facebook is a more common form of communication than email [probably?], we absolutely should use that medium to lift up the King Jesus.
I, along with many of my friends, may tweet or post on facebook a particular Bible verse, book excerpts, song lyrics, or brief prayers from time to time that reflect how God is revealing Himself to us in that particular moment.
Even such “Twitter Elite” as author Dr. Leonard Sweet have said that rather than answering the twitter question, “What are you doing,” he instead chooses to answer his own version: “What is God showing me?”
That is not what bothers me.
When I see anything that ends with a phrase similar to “if you are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, copy and repost,” it is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
It’s just noise.
For some reason, I don’t really see this happening on twitter, maybe its the demographic differences… *knocks on wood*
It reminds me of what Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians (v. 13:1):
If I speak in the tongues of angels and men, but have not love, I am a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.
Translation: If I talk about the gospel of Jesus, but I’m not doing anything about it and loving like Him, I’m just making noise.
Or even the words of James (v. 2:14, 17-19):
What good is it if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? … Faith alone, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Some will say, “You have faith, and I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe there is only one God? Good! Even the demons believe that and they shudder.
Translation: What good is it if you talk about the gospel of Jesus, but aren’t doing anything about it? Believing what Jesus did is not enough! The only difference between your belief and the demons’ is that you have the choice to do something about it, to make your belief matter.
At the end of the day, we [and after writing such a post as this, especially I] have to look at the gospel of Jesus Christ and ask ourselves the same questions everyday.
Are we doing something about it?
Or are we just making noise?
Peace and love.