Back in 2004, Facebook had only 1 million active members. That number has grown to well over 1 Billion active users here in 2013. Many children, teenagers, adults, moms, dads, and even grandparents are daily posting pictures and comments for the world to see. Many on the outside looking in can’t make sense of all the craziness, but I actually think God likes Facebook.
#1: Facebook brings people together.
We live in a world that does everything possible to tear us apart from family and friends. Facebook is doing all it can to reunite us to our friends and loved ones. With just a few clicks we can see what’s going on in the lives of many we could never visit in one day. Considering the fact that God never meant for man to do life alone, I believe Facebook does as good of job as any at bringing us all together.
#2: Facebook encourages many people.
As I write this, I am sitting by the hospital bed of my 13 year old son, who is recovering from a major surgery. Through Facebook, I am encouraged by countless folks letting me know they are thinking of us and praying for us. As I share updates, others are able to share words that lift me up and keep me feeling we are not alone in this journey called life. You can bet that anyone on Facebook will receive many more birthday wishes than the ones without an account.
#3: Facebook touches a lot of lives.
Facebook gets messages out quicker than CNN. It makes us aware of someone passing, someone having a hard day, or someone celebrating a memorable event. Our church Facebook page Refuge Walterboro connects us with at least 2,000 folks weekly. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know personally that Facebook touches hearts and souls. I’ve actually read posts before that moved me to tears and a better life perspective. As people share life changing stories, post meaningful scriptures, and choose to communicate positive messages the world becomes a better place. Trust me, people read your posts and you never know how a soul is touched by your post.
#4: Facebook keeps people connected.
Not only does Facebook bring us together, but it keeps us together. It has become a network that has drawn over one billion folks together. Through pictures, messages, and life events we are often brought together. At times we rally together for causes greater than ourselves. When life is too busy we’re able to make a quick post that lets someone know we’re thinking about them. Through Facebook we can keep in touch with classmates, friends and family no matter how far we live apart. You feel sometimes like you’re able to see into the hearts and lives of each other. It keeps us connected as we share life’s ups and downs with one another.
#5: Facebook gives my Grandma something to do.
I use to think, “Why would my Grandma want to be on Facebook?” Now, I think, “Why Not?” Even if a person can’t leave their home, is bed bound, or can’t speak Facebook becomes a great wayt to connect with others. I still can’t believe my last living Grandparent just joined the Facebook family. When my Grandma friend requested me recently, I really did think it was a sign of the end times. Now, I just see it as a sign of the times. I think Grandma finally decided that even God likes Facebook.