I am still relatively new to the blogging world and the Facebook community. But in the two years I have been on both I have made some interesting observations.
We can “friend” those who we really do not even know and then continue to not know them even though we call them “friend.”
– We can block “friends” from our newsfeed because what they post is not interesting, offends, or does not coincide with our own interests.
– We can delete objectionable responses that “friends” comment on our posts.
– We can pick and choose what we “like” from our “friends” and we can easily scroll past and ignore what we don’t.
– We can hear from a “friend” every day, but never respond to a single thing they say.
– We can also like pages when we catch wind of giveaways or opportunities to win prizes, but then unlike the page once the giveaway is over.
That is just a few of my observations.
Then there is the aspect of businesses and individuals trying to make their page known.
I cannot tell you how many times I have seen people post something, appearing to support a cause when truly their only cause is to get their own profile seen. I have seen:
– Pictures of caskets draped with American flags with the words “Click like if you support our wounded soldiers.”
– Pictures of Jesus fighting Satan with the words, “Click like for heaven, keep scrolling for hell.”
– Pictures of dogs with the words, “Click like if you love dogs.”
– Pictures of Michael Jackson music videos with the words “Click like in 3 seconds if you know this video.”
– A picture of a a dark hand holding a light hand with the words, “Click like if you believe love knows no color.”
– A picture of a fragile child who is battling cancer with the words “Click like if you know someone battling cancer.”
It goes on and on.
Sadly, more often than not these people don’t really care about the cause in their post, they only care about their own profile being seen. And genuinely caring people fall for it by liking and sharing these posts not realizing what the true cause is.
In the blogging world we see this too:
– In an effort to gain followers, bloggers are advised to visit, like, follow and comment on other blogs.
– If we have a strong desire to be seen, we can like every post on the WordPress dashboard, day after day. We can expose countless bloggers to our profile and appear to genuinely “like” what they read. We can leave comments filled with praise on another blogger’s post with the hope that others who may read the comments will notice us and visit our blogs.
– We can follow other blogs in an effort to get the attention of other bloggers, but never really read a single post from the blog we are following.
– We can nominate bloggers for blogging awards whose blogs we have never truly read, and even select blogs with a large following in an effort to be noticed by them and their followers.
Why am I saying all this? I dont say it to cast a shadow on Facebook or on the blogosphere. I say it to point out the practices that are ruining the true meaning of “like,” “friend,” and “follow” and make real praise questionable.
In all this I consider my friendships and in all this I consider Jesus.
Jesus calls us His friend. He tells us to follow him. He does not call us to like God. He calls us to love God. We may not like what he has to say, and he does not want us to lie and say we do like it when we don’t. We can say we don’t like his words, and yet accept them as truth and correction and respond in a loving matter, having faith that he has our best interest at heart. That is what true friends do. But are we true friends?
Do we even know him or is he just some acquaintance from our childhood?
Are we subscribed to his newsfeed by checking in at church?
Do we scroll past what he says because we don’t like it?
Do we block him from our thought feed because his words offend us?
Do we delete in our mind any correction or objections that his words speak to our life?
Do we ever respond to a single thing he says?
Are we pretending to be passionate about what he says in an effort to gain favor with others?
Do we only respond when we think we may get something in return?
Are we sharing his words in an effort to make him known, or are we sharing his words in an effort to make ourselves known?
Are we making known our praise for him to others with the hidden desire that others will return praise to us?
These are tough questions, and questions that the Lord has posed at my heart more than once. These are the questions that matters most.