I just realized something quite troubling and glorious about Facebook.
I’ll start by saying I still love Facebook and check it more often then I admit to myself, but here it is.
The Facebook world has a profound disconnect from reality.
Obvious? Yes. But I was reminded of this earlier in the week when I found an article about how Christians need to be gentler and more generous with LGBT people. The article was good and it made really meaningful points, so I reposted it and a (now former) Facebook friend started commenting on it making several hateful and bigoted religious claims. I immediately regretted posting the article, not because it created this online debate, but because it probably caused more pain for any LGBT friends who saw it than good, convicting Christian readers to treat homosexuals better.
I’m thinking that when we surf Facebook and see a compelling article, we only allow it into the outermost layers of our consciousness. The words stay shallow and may affect us emotionally, but rarely make it deep enough into our hearts to really change our motivations and actions.
So I am suggesting that Facebook is no place for anything that really matters.
The only way I could ever get this guy to stop and actually realize my convictions of honoring gay people, is if I actually had a face to face conversation with him. He could see my face and I could tell him about how I know a few homosexual people and how I respect them and even though I may not understand some things about them, they must be treated with the same love and honor as any other human being. Maybe then he would stop and think and actually believe me. Because my words on the Facebook post sure didn’t inspire any belief.
Nor should they have. It’s Facebook.
Now pardon me while I go invest in real, face to face relationships.