I must say, the last three weeks have been pretty nice. My church started 2016 with a social media fast to unplug from technology and reconnect with real people. I had to modify said fast because I kind of make my living using it, so I abstained (with two exceptions) from personal posting. That ends today.
After having time to evaluate pretty much everything regarding social media, I’ve come up with three very basic principles I think we can all get on board with while posting, even if you’re not on the Jesus train with me. This isn’t addressing any potential Facebook debates, which is an entirely different can of worms.
Clarity – Does this post accurately and clearly reflect all sides represented on an issue? It’s easy to misrepresent an opposing opinion, but it does no one any good.
Community – How does the tone of this post affect those who will read it? Too many Christians feel like bludgeoning the world with their take on things. Satire and sarcasm have their places, and I do believe positive changes can come via snark, but there does come a point when it can cut too deep and bleed out your entire point.
Donald Trump – Anything goes. He’s an ass.
I also plan on proper blogging more, particularly with an idea that struck me during this fast. I’m starting a new blog series called Changing the Conversation, where I examine myriad issues and see if there’s a third, more valid option than the two traditional views presented. Subscribe to email updates on the right side of your screen to get all of those.
Just like all the decorations, we couldn’t even get to Thanksgiving before Christians started losing it over how American companies are treating Christmas.
Like clockwork, professional douche rocket Joshua Feuerstein needed to be angry about something, so he naturally went to Starbucks and “pranked” (Read: told them his name was something stupid. Don’t ever do that to food service employees.) them into writing “Merry Christmas” on his coffee cup.
Have a watch, if you must.
Other than the fact that he’s a Oneness heretic (see here), Feuerstein is only hurting the Christian cause when he posts these things. Instead of encouraging loving our neighbor as ourselves, we have to get pissed off because an overpriced coffee shop won’t specifically mention our holiday.
On top of that, if they’re not celebrating Jesus, they’re not actually celebrating Christmas in the first place, so why do you care if they greet you with that?
All things done without faith are sin, so even if they do wish us a happy Christmas or Easter or whatever, they’re actually still sinning because they’re not doing that to the glory of God (It’s interesting what happens when you take the Bible seriously.). Maybe we should be more interested in the state of their souls and share the news about Jesus with them instead of whether they give some vacuous lip service. Why do you even give half a shit if someone “Keeps the Christ in Christmas” if they’re going straight to hell anyway (Side note: If you care more that I used a certain word than the fact that it’s true, we have an even bigger problem.)?
While we’re at it and being super blunt, if you’re more concerned with whether someone gives props to your holiday than if they’re cool with God, how am I to know that you’re not going straight to hell? Jesus told us to go make disciples and that people would know us by our love for one another and the world. In a culture that continually validates these types of PR stunts, I’m tempted to think that American Christianity is leaving out the whole Jesus part of Christianity.
Seriously, if we need a coffee chain or a government or a school board or a sports team or a fast food employee with a neck beard to be our ambassadors for Christ and to validate our beliefs, we need to reevaluate our relationship with God.
So, what do we do instead?
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled…” – Hebrews 12:14-15
We’ve already been defiled by becoming culturally bitter and being intentionally pissed off at everything, but that’s what grace is for. It’s on us (while relying on God) to be peace to the world.
Also, look at the enormity of verse 15.
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God.
This implies that your life should be so peaceful and holy and soaked with grace that every action should be directed toward pointing people to the cross. Feuerstein points people to himself; that’s exactly what makes him such an asshole. He doesn’t understand that the war isn’t with flesh and blood and political stances.
I feel like I’m turning this into a DirecTV commercial, but don’t be like this guy. Don’t share his videos. He’s an antichrist and a wolf in sheep’s clothing who doesn’t know the grace of God.
Turn this guy’s Internet popularity on its head by proclaiming the real Gospel about how God sent Jesus to atone for our idiocy.