The Status bar on Facebook is a way of letting others know how we are spending our time, but that same status bar demands more and more of our time as become more avid "Facebookers." In this final sermon in our series we examine the possible implications of spending too much time on social media, and we try to remember that our "stewardship of time" is key to a life of discipleship.
On Facebook image is everything! When people come across our profile, the first thing they notice is our picture. Unfortunately, this means we end up spending an inordinate amount of time focusing on what we look like. Similarly, we waste a lot of time surfing through other people's profiles staring at them. Beauty on Facebook is visual, physical, and too often defined by: "If you got it, flaunt it."
Is there a better way to define beauty than obsessing over pictures? Is there another image that we can find that is a truer depiction of "true beauty?" In this sermon we learn that God "is" beauty, and that his "image" is already part of who we are. If we can learn to appreciate the beauty we have been given as children of God, then maybe we can "delete" our culture's fascination with broadcasting ourselves on social media.
Facebook has changed the definition of friendship. "Friend" is no longer just a noun: its a verb! And people are "friending" all the time, making new connections and building their social networks. But, while Facebook opens to the doors to new types of friendships, are there any drawbacks to online relationships? Are FB friends really friends? Or are they something else? Furthermore, how did Christ define (or redefine) friendship during his own ministry? PLUS, are Rob and Christy getting any closer to escaping the Facebook mainframe????
All these questions and more are brought to light as we "log in" to another instalment of "The Gospel According to Facebook: "Friend".
"Jesus, Saviour, Blessed Friend" (D. Govenor) by the St. J & B Choir
Lost in Facebook: Episode 3: "Friend"
Facebook purports to be the place where we can share our lives with friends and family in meaningful ways. But when is "sharing" not really sharing? Are there limits to the sharing we can experience in social media like Facebook? Even better, what does God teach us about about truly sharing our lives with others, after all, "God so love the world that he sent his Son..." On Thanksgiving Sunday, sharing is at the forefront of our thoughts. Today we begin a four week series on The Gospel According to Facebook, by talking about how we can truly share like Christ, and share Christ with others.
Episode 1: The Beginning
Episode 2: "Share"
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.