Friday, January 20, 2012

God Is On Facebook

I know, He doesn't have a profile with "Work and Education", "Philosophy", "Arts and Entertainment" interests, etc. He doesn't have a friends list or photo albums; but He definitely IS on Facebook.

When Christian friends share their hopes, concerns, blessings, problems, questions, and opinions on Facebook -- whenever the Bible is quoted or referenced, then God's viewpoint is heard. Sometimes it is a doctrinal issue that is discussed, and obviously God's Word must predominate. But it can be ANY kind of situation that comes our way along life's journey, and there is always something in God's Word to provide guidance and a foundation for understanding and dealing with the situation.

God's Word itself claims that it is relevant for all kinds of things:

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

"...the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. And take ... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:13, 17)

"I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation." (Psalm 119:99)

I have found that when there are discussions (yes, even arguments) on Facebook, it is often just one opinion vs. another opinion. And when I feel the urge to offer my opinion, I think, "Why should they listen to me? I'm just another opinion. I'm not an authority." Then my mind turns to The Authority, The Creator, The Lord of Lords and King of Kings (MY Lord, my Creator, and my Authority), the One that challenged Job with questions like these --

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements?" (Job 38:4-5)
"Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?" (Job 38:36)
"Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make its nest on high?" (Job 39:26-27)

-- and many others in chapters 38 and 39 of Job.

And so I quote the Bible, and let God interject His opinion into the conversation. And I encourage others to do the same, and many do, without my encouragement.

And so, God is on Facebook.