The Difference Between Facebook and the Way of Christ

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
Facebook can be a bewildering place. The rules, appearance, and offerings change, and people feel lost. The difference between groups and pages is confusing. Often, things don’t work like they should. But still people insist on adding friends and sharing their lives.
The Way is so much simpler. Nothing changes. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. No difference exists among the saints. His plan works just like it always should. Our circumstances change and cause us grief, but Jesus’ followers keep on drawing near to people and sharing their lives.
I mention Facebook because I’ve been helping the Lar Cristão Children’s Home here in Brazil get a page set up on that social medium. Even for those of us who’ve been on it a while, the site can be bewildering when getting beyond the basics.
Brazilians have a saying, “Why complicate things when you can simplify?” With the red tape so common here, they’ve turned it around to say, “Why simplify things when you can complicate them?”
Isn’t that about the way of the human species?
I’m not at all a fan of the old Good News Bible, but maybe its rendering of Ecclesiastes 7:29 isn’t too far off the mark, “This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.”
It’s certainly true of the religion that God gave us in Christ. From a simple faith, man turned it into a complicated ritual and rule of morality, overlaid it with a secular hierarchical system, broke it up into different sects and denominations, theorized it to death with theologies and philosophies, and separated its teachings from daily practice. It bears little resemblance to the original pattern.
The good news is that, by returning to the beginning, we can restore that simplicity.
I may never find my way through Facebook, but even a dunce like me can navigate Scripture and understand the mind of the Lord. What a blessing!

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