October 8, 2009 | life

In the Name of The Father, The Son, The Holy Ghost & Facebook

I was debating whether or not I should write about this because it’s a little controversial, but hey let’s just have a friendly debate. My intention here is really not to offend anyone so please don’t get your knickers in a twist. With that said, here goes:

I can’t take all the preaching on Facebook. There, I said it. I have a few friends who are Christians (I’m not sure if they fall into the ‘born again’ category) and every single Facebook status update is a lengthly prayer about how much they love their Jesus.

Now, let me make this clear; I’m not anti-Jesus, I’m just a catholic. We’re taught that your relationship with the Lord is a very personal thing. I get that in other faiths the aim is to ‘spread the word’ but I think there’s a time and a place for everything. I’m not sure Facebook is the appropriate place to be whoring out your faith. I go on Facebook to keep in touch with friends and check out their pictures, not to get slapped in the face with a bible and preached at.

I think it’s wonderful that these people have a relationship with God, I really do, but if I were to become a Satan worshipper, for example, and post lengthly odes to Satan in my status updates, I’m sure my Christian friends would be up in arms and the first people to call me out on it. So, in that same vain, you have to appreciate that not everyone wants to hear your message about how much you love Christ.

The appropriate place for you to spout endlessly about your love for the Jesus would be in church on Sundays. Plain and simple. For once, I just want to see one of my hardcore Christian friends have a status update of ‘Going out to dinner’ rather than ‘The Lord hath blessed me with the ability to walk and catch the bus to this restaurant where we will feast upon all his gracious delights. Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me, I’m not worthy to receive your gifts blah blah blah.’ We get it! You’re thankful! I think even Jesus would be saying ‘Enough already!’

I’d like to commend my Christian peeps, because it’s hard to have faith in anything these days, so more power to you. My only point is, you can’t be offended that not everyone is on the same page as you and you may want to pick a more appropriate forum for your worship, you know, like Church.

So, what say you? Am I out of line for finding preachy updates kind of offensive or do you roll with me on this one?

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15 Comments

Smarty Jones

Well, one thing’s for damn sure, nobody will tell you to kill yourself over this post as people seem to think that is the ultimate sin. LoL.
Now, gird your loins. Be prepared for people to say you’re “prayer hating” on their status messages.
I am a Christian. I love me some Jesus. I’ve been guilty of requesting prayers, especially when my nephew passed. As for the lengthy prayers, maybe they think J.C. is keeping up with them on FB. Quite personally, I don’t necessarily need folks listening (or reading) in on my prayers all the time.
When we were little, my aunt used to tell us all the time that we need to save “something to tell the Lord.” I figure that’s what I’m doing for my prayers. That’s my “something to tell the Lord.”

Ewa

In the same spirit as your thankful friends, I am thankful that I don’t have any friends littering my facebook page with crap about Jesus. People can believe what they want, but religions are really pretty silly. Why is it more acceptable to believe in God than in, say…. Santa Claus?

She

I don’t really have a lot of input on that issue because no one I follow is preachy like that. Occasionally politics is brought up, but no one is ramming it down your throat. And honestly? If did have someone doing that, and it got on my nerves that much, I would just unfollow them. No point in following people who are making my facebook viewing experiences less pleasurable.

Em

I am with you on this one. Religion is a very personal topic and should not be rammed down the throat of others or preached to them in a way that can make them feel embarrased or uncomfortable – unless of course you are Heidi Montag on twitter….. You think the odd friend on face book is bad, try following her for a week! I actually had to unfollow her because of the crap she constantly sprouts!

John Francis

I know a little about the Christian religion. I attended Catholic School as a young child, and one thing always stuck in my mind. I will quote from the Bible, if I may. Mt 6:6) But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Sounds to me that folk who like to tell others that they are praying for this and that, who post their prayers upon social networking sites have totally chosen to ignore the above advice from their beloved Jesus.

Like you, I’m not anti-Jesus, in fact I’ve been known to offer up the occasional prayer myself. Only I didn’t feel the need to share my personal relationship with the rest of the world.

Bangs and a Bun

SMARTY – See, I see nothing wrong with asking people to pray for you, especially during times of personal tragedy such as the one you mentioned, you draw strength from wherever you can. I like the idea of ‘saving something to tell the Lord.’ I think that faith can be quiet and still and doesn’t always have to be (and shouldn’t) be in everyone’s face all the time.

EWA – Wait a minute, hold up – are you suggesting…that’s there is no Santa Claus? *throws head in hands and sobs*

SHE – Yeah, I’ve gotten to the point where I just had to hide their updates. I like them as people, but I just feel like there must be more to your character than your faith alone, ya know?

EM – Oh wow, the hypocrisy of claiming to be a Christian and then posing for Playboy is entirely too mind boggling for me to address.

JOHN – What a perfect bible passage for this discussion! I couldn’t agree more, sir.

Rashida

Oh goodness. First Madonna, now Jesus. You know you’re going to hell right?? Just kidding. I agree with you 100%. I have actually dropped people from FB because I can’t tolerate the 3 paragraph status updates praising whoever on high. I’m always leary of people who have to wear their religion on their sleeve. I’ve been the victim of too many hypocrites in my day.

The Jaded NYer

you know my stance on the “preachers” already… thankfully none of them are in fb newsfeed. and if they were, I’d “HIDE” all their stuff in a hot minute!

Nicole

My advice is to hit the “Hide” button and don’t look back. I just had to exercise that option for someone who kept updating her toddler’s weight gain EVERY FRICKIN’ DAY! She can continue to blather away but there’s now one less person listening. I am not obliged to suffer anyone’s lack of discretion or decorum.

The F$%K it List

I think we chatted about this on twitter and my opinion is the same. Lengthy prayers are too much for Facebook and when my friends (and my cousin who is the biggest bible thumper EVER) I just ignore them. I do have one friend that I’ve hidden her statuses because she goes over board relating what is going on in world with bible verses and prayer. Oh she had a field day on Prop 8.

Bangs and a Bun

PACKERMAMMA – Thanks homie!

RASHIDA – I’m on the fast track to hell after this week I think! Yeah, I’m with ya – I don’t get the need to constantly be singing it from the mountaintops. It’s way over the top.

JADED – Yup, I’ve been left no choice but the hide their updates. I gave it a bit to see if they would calm down with the updates, but no dice.

NICOLE – Ugh, people with their kids on Facebook is another hate of mine. This stupid desperate need to whore out your children. Nobody cares! Just let your kid be a kid, damn.

F$%K IT – Whew, I don’t think I could have coped with the Prop 8 outbursts – I’d have been in arguments every day on there!

Irene aka FitHungryGurl

Uh…I have some of those preachy people on my FB. thankfully their updates are very short. If they really bothered me, I would edit my updates not to include those people.

Carly

I agree with you. I can’t stand all the preachy-ness on Facebook and it’s getting out of hand. I’ve hidden a few people’s feeds because it’s gotten so ridiculous.

Bangs and a Bun

IRENE – Yeah, I don’t know where all my Christian friends came from all of a sudden. It’s like a bunch of people just caught the holy ghost randomly. Very strange.

CARLY – I’ve done the same thing – just hidden their feeds so I don’t have to put up with it. It’s all a bit much isn’t it?

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