It suddenly dawned on me yesterday as I was reading my Facebook page – Why do we as Christians need tee shirts, bumper stickers, and yes, Facebook pages to tell people who we are? Is it because they won’t know just by looking at us? If so, what does that say about us?
Let me backtrack to give you the context. As I was reading my Facebook page, I like to keep up with friends in faraway places, I noticed an ad for a page titled I love Jesus; I’m a Christian and proud. For those of you not familiar with how Facebook works, someone can set up a page which other people who like (agree with) it can join. When you join it links to your page and presumably all your Facebook friends will know that you are a Christian and proud to be one. It’s a way to declare where you stand on an issue or topic. In this case the issue of Jesus Christ.
But my question is this: As Christians don’t we already have a way to declare to other people who we are and where we stand on the person of Jesus Christ? Why do we need a tee shirt or bumper sticker or Facebook page to tell people that we’re Christians? They should already know that by our lives. And that may be the problem. Perhaps our lives don’t reflect Christ the way they should so, just to make sure people aren’t confused about who we are, we declare it on Facebook.
I posted this on my Facebook site yesterday:
Why do we need a FB page to declare that we’re Christians? IE “I Love Jesus; I’m a Christian and I’m proud.” God has given us a page better than any on FB. In 2 Cor 3:2 Paul said believers were “epistles written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” The page of our lives should be enough to show Jesus Christ to anyone who reads it.
Matthew’s gospel adds to this when it says, Let your light (life) so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). If our lives are lived in line with the Word of God so that they shine out the person of Jesus, people will see who we are and that will lead them to give glory to God. I’m not sure if a Facebook page can do that.
As a Christian, your life is like the page of a book. Make sure that the people who read your book are reading something worthwhile. And leave the Facebook page for someone else.
Stay in the Word