Isn’t social media great! I have learned so much from Facebook that it is ridiculous. Everything from Starbucks being anti-Christmas to President Obama facing impeachment to Wal-Marts being prepared by the United States government as internment camps. In fact, since I have been using Facebook for all these years, I have learned that Bigfoot is real, that when angels visit us they leave behind feathers, and today I learned that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for an anthrax attack by aircraft.
Sure, I know that some of the things we read on Facebook are true stories, but really, Bigfoot? Here is the problem as I see it. Facebook was intended to be “social media,” which by my definition means, “a place where people can gather online and socialize.” The problem is that too many people have decided to use it as their source of news and information. And as soon as they read a good, juicy story, they share it with everyone without checking to see if it is factual because, of course, if you read it on the Internet, it must be real. By the way, I read that in a post recently from Abraham Lincoln, I think. And guess what? There are some really devious people who have learned to disguise their posts as coming from a real live news agency, so of course they take advantage of trusting people.
Sadly, since most of my friends on Facebook are Christians, most of these false stories that I see being propagated on Facebook come from them. I think that Christians by nature are trusting, and some of us are trusting to the point of naiveté. We become targets of these devious individuals who want to make us look stupid, and yes, I do believe that there is a “conspiracy” to do exactly that. Some of you are thinking, “Yep, he’s one of those. Always thinking that there is someone trying to persecute Christians.” And you are right. I do believe that. But that’s what Peter, the Apostle, said: “The adversary is like a roaring lion, roaming to and fro seeking whom he may devour.” Paul, the Apostle, said it when he talked about spiritual warfare and the fact that we are in a war against the powers of darkness. But Jesus gave a piece of advice that would help us all as Christians to not look stupid. He said, “Be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.” I like Ronald Reagan’s interpretation of this (actually, it wasn’t his interpretation of this verse, but it is very fitting) when he said, “Trust, but verify!” When you read a story, check it out. Go to the major news brokers and see if they are reporting it, and I think you will be okay because I’ve never read a story on Fox, CBS, or CNN about Bigfoot running for Congress in order to impeach President Obama who isn’t really from America. But that may be the next Facebook scoop – let’s wait and see.