Monday, February 2, 2009

The Real Facebook

“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” -John 12:48

 One of the popular social networking tools in our ever more web-based society is called Facebook. Along with sites like MySpace and Twitter, it can be used beneficially or abused foolishly. A nice way to catch up with people we used to know as well as friends and family far away from us. On the other hand, it can be used as a poor substitute for the kind of one-to-one conversation that builds lasting relationships. And it goes without saying, some of the personal information posted there should not be shared with a relative, much less the whole world.   

But this is not where I’m headed today. I realized this week (with a little prodding from my husband) that there is only one real “facebook.” As you might guess, it is the Bible. And here I offer a couple of proofs for my assertion. 

The Bible is the only Book that makes you face yourself. One has only to read James 1:23-25 to know that this infallible message from God is a mirror for the soul, “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). James tells us, when we look away from the Bible, we forget what kind of person we really are (v. 24); therefore, when we are looking into it, we are then forced to face ourselves honestly; and you can be sure God does not use “touch-ups,” or “air-brushing.” This is a good thing. We’ll never submit to a good washing as long as we can’t see the dirt. Until we are willing to face ourselves in the pages of God’s Holy Word and allow Him to change the things in our lives that are directly contrary to it, we are not really serious when we say we want to please Him.

The Bible is the only Book you will have to face at judgment. Jesus said in John, it is no small matter to ignore and reject his words, in this life. When we stand before God, it will not be The Koran, The Talmud, The Secret, or The Purpose Driven Life that will meet us: it will be the Word that lives and abides forever. Any good that may or may not be found in any of these books, or others like them, does not change that fact that none of them will matter one whit when we stand before God. He will not hold us accountable for anything written in them. But He will insist that we face the Truth we had access to in His Word and give account of why we failed to take it seriously.

Are you Child of God and a subscriber to the tenets laid down in His Word? If so, the top name on your real Facebook “friend list” is Jesus Christ.

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