Some stats on Facebook:
- Facebook recently became the #1 most visited website, surpassing Google last year, with 16% of people’s time on the Internet spent on Facebook.
- There are more than 800 million active users—more than 50% of whom log on in any given day.
- More than 250 million photos are uploaded each day.
- The average user has 130 friends.
- The top three things people do on Facebook: view photos, comment on content, and see what their friends are up to.
Evidently, Facebook has a very large presence in our world, and because it consumes so much of our time + attention, it can affect us drastically.
What does the Bible have to say about Facebook?
“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9)
Facebook, like Money, can be redeemed by God, meaning although it is often a terrible thing, it can be used for good. It can even be a gift from God to help us do His work.
This verse (Luke 16:9) is telling us a few things:
- to use what we’re given (something worldly and rarely good, like money or Facebook) to make friends. Making friends in this sense means creating genuine relationships, real human connections.
- so that, when it fails, because things of this world inevitably fail—only God can fill us (see these posts for more)…
- they will welcome us —> They will have a true friend who knows about eternal things, someone who can guide them and point them to Jesus.
Finally, be aware of how Facebook is affecting you? Is it filling or draining? Is it stirring up jealousy, anger, lust, hate, etc? Or is it encouraging and filling us in a positive, spiritual way? (Only God can fill us, but if we are doing His will with what we are given, true connecting can fill us!)