The Facebook Fool

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Culture |


Mr. T

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I believe there are certain things Christians should avoid doing on Facebook. There’s the obvious stuff like swearing on a status change or posting scandalous photos. I happen to believe we should also avoid tacky photos that were specifically taken for posting on Facebook – are we supposed to believe someone slightly shorter than you happened to take a photo from the right?

But what about engaging in those often heated, and sometimes pointless, debates? We’ve all been there: someone posts an irrational comment about politics, religion, sports teams or the latest ‘insight’ from Hollywood and we are drawn in to a heated exchange. We end up losing respect for that person or they lose respect for us. Are the Facebook arguments worth it?

“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth…” (2 Tim 2:23-25).

It doesn’t seem to me we should avoid all arguments, because the truth is not even your spouse is going to agree with you 100% of the time. Differences of opinion are going to arise, especially when you are trying to bring someone to Christ. But when we are drawn into those debates, we have to remember the point is to teach the other person, not prove them wrong or something I tend to do, prove myself right.

Also noteworthy here is that bringing someone to truth, whether its a truth with a little “t” or the big one, isn’t about us. That’s something between the opponent and God.  Only God can draw a person to Him and God is certainly the only one to make them realize Batman is better than Superman.

So, we don’t have to avoid the all debates, just the “foolish and stupid” ones – mmkay. So, which ones are those? I believe that depends on whom we are arguing with.

“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions” (Prov 18:2). “ To answer before listening – that is folly and shame” (Prov 18:13).  “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise (Prov 19:20).  Solomon has a whole lot to say about the wise and the foolish, but much of it centers around hearing advice, seeking knowledge…and avoiding too much honey but that’s for another day. 
A foolish and stupid argument is one in which your audience doesn’t really care to hear your opinions and just wants to voice their own. These generally play out like high-school fights where the drama that ensues is bigger than the point you were trying to make. Likewise, the debates with those who actually care to hear your thoughts and where you are interested in listening to theirs are the ones worthwhile, even if there isn’t agreement in the end (remember, that’s God’s job).

So go on and post or comment about universal health care, gay marriage, or how the latest Facebook format has ruined your day. Just don’t turn into someone that Mr. T would pity.

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Like the Mr. T reference – very creative.


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