Lets imagine for a moment Jesus, walking the earth today, and doing His ministry. Imagine if He had a Facebook page to keep up with all His friends and followers. How many “friends” do you suppose He would have? How many do you think He would keep if He published some of His sermons and parables on His page? How many people do you think He would offend? How many would un-friend Him as soon as He said something that was not politically correct or didn’t go along with the culture of the day? Would you? Would you be embarrassed if your friends or family were upset with you because you “liked” something He said?
Interesting to think about isn’t it? Most of us who are on Facebook have at one time or another had someone un-friend or disown us over an opinion we may have shared or a story we shared that they didn’t agree with. I can just imagine how people might respond if they were to read Jesus’s words.
Imagine if Jesus were to post on His page what He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”, imagine the outcry. The media outlets that would start howling in protest as to “who does He think He is”? “Does He think He’s better than all these other religions who say every path leads to God?” With how quickly news passes from person to person and continent to continent He would soon be vilified around the world and held up to scorn.
That’s just one example. We could go through the gospels and somewhere, someone would find something to take offence about with much of what He had to say. Never mind if He were to start quoting from the Old Testament. He’d be getting death threats for sure.
We know the people and leaders of His own time tried to kill Him because of His teachings. Because of who He said He was, because He didn’t fit the mold of what they thought He should be like. Because they were afraid people would follow Him. Because He told the truth and exposed some for what they were. People of His time didn’t like that He told the truth. People of our times aren’t always too happy to hear His truths either.
Obviously Jesus doesn’t have a Facebook page. But we do still have the same opportunity every day to either “like” and stand for Jesus and His Word or deny them. Remember Luke 12:8-9 “I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.”
It’s easy to be a closet Christian. We don’t really offend friends or co-workers if they know we go to church every week but we don’t bother them by speaking about our faith. Or we never voice our opinion if we hear someone bashing other Christians. How do we act if we see companies and countries and states go against the Word of God? Do we stand with Christians who are persecuted for their faith? Or do we stay silent or pretend to agree?
What about our Facebook page? Or what ever social media you may be on? If Jesus were our friend on Facebook what would we do? Would we post the same stories knowing that He might be reading them? (Hint, He sees them anyway). Would we make the same comments and give the same responses as we do now? Would we “hide” Him so no one could see Him on our page? Or would we share His Words with others and stand with Him?
Something to think about.