{What Do I Know of Holy}: Facebook Religion

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am glad to be back this week, so that we can finally continue our I HATE RELIGION discussion. Go here to catch up if you missed the 4 previous posts, including the incredible video that this series is based upon.

It was very difficult for me as a young mother, with a newborn and a 2 year old, to sometimes read blogs and other peoples' Facebook pages. While I was struggling to keep my head above water - getting no sleep, far from family, trying to take care of my two little guys while my husband was extremely busy with his very demanding ministry position at a church where family was definitely not a high priority on the list, barely able to pay the bills, not to mention I was in constant pain from some post-labor issues - other people were blogging and posting about their glorious lives filled with nothing but perfect children, lollipops and roses.

Can you relate?

And then it hit me. Their lives are not perfect. They have struggles too. They just never post about the bad things going on, only the good.

I realized this because I was doing the same thing. I did not post much about my struggles either. I wanted to post more, believe me, but the one time that I even hinted on my blog that it was a rough season for us, I got a call {at home} from the pastor's wife of our church at the time, telling me that I need to be careful what I put on my blog because "we don't want people to think poorly of the church."

Please, lady. This very conversation is one of the major flaws in today's churches. If we cannot be "real" at church, where can we be?

If you follow my blog, facebook or twitter account - you know that I am a HUGE Texas Rangers baseball fan! I grew up going to the games with my family, who still have season tickets to this day. I also grew up playing volleyball with some of the Ranger players' daughters. I could go on and on about how much I love this team and why I am a fan.

And as much as I would love to be apart of the team, would wearing the jersey make you think I one of the players?

Of course not.

In every other aspect of life, you know this logic is unworthy. It's like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought the jersey.

So why in the world do we do it in the church?

Why do we put on the mask and pretend everything is okay? Why do we show up to church on Sunday and never pick up a Bible the rest of the week? Why do we post "Christian" things on our Facebook page but show no other evidence of it in our everyday life? Why do we want people to think that we have it all together when our hearts are far from God?

Quit putting on a fake look cause there's a problem if people only know that you're a Christian by your Facebook.

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. {Matthew 15:8-9}

1 comment:

  1. Wow what a great post Erin. I think we can all relate on some level. I never have been one to fake it or to care what others think. And I actually love that about me. I do however use caution with how much I share here on the blog. Not that I don't want people knowing but more a matter that this is a blog for my business and do readers really care about the rough seasons? IDK just my thoughts I guess.