Facebook Unfriending: Shaking the Digital Dust

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Jesus sent his Apostles out to visit homes to proclaim God’s kingdom taking nothing with them. At those homes where the message was rejected, Jesus told them to shake the dust off their feet as they left. Shaking the dust off their feet was a sign of judgement against them for rejecting God’s message.

Christian do not witness door to door as they once did. However, many Christians go from digital door to digital door in this age of social media. Sometimes Christians on social media have an encounter from which they must shake the digital dust and move on.

I had such an encounter on Facebook where shaking the digital dust was best. (The digital encounter is posted below with the name removed to protect the guilty.) When this exchange began, I thought about my post 10 Reasons You Might Be A Watchblogger If. I almost left it alone, but the charges were so ridiculous. I had also seen this person make similar comments elsewhere and thought this time it would be a wise to press the unfriend button.

I read the exchange again wondering if – or how often – I’ve come across to others the way this person had to me.

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Have I come across on social media to others as bitter, angry, graceless, lacking gentleness and respect?

If I’m honest…wait…who wants to be honest and face their own sin? Okay, if I’m honest: Yes, I have used social media as an unChristlike watchblogger. I can’t shake the dust off my feet on myself. Yet, I can repent in dust and ashes. I want to do better. Hopefully, I have been doing better for a time now.

I have lost friends on social media. I lost a once close friend I’ve known for decades because I dared to label Mormonism as non-Christian by giving away an apologetics book against Mormonism on Facebook. It was a sad time.

Recently, I lost a friend over my new friendship with Johnny Hunt (who is also now my pastor). This was a friend within the body of  Christ. But I can do nothing about this friendship either except move on. Ironically, spending time with Dr. Hunt has shown me what a joyful Christian who encourages others looks like.

There will be times when others shake the digital dust toward you. There will be times when you must do the shaking. In either situation, you will not know if reconciliation lies ahead. The important lesson going forward is to learn from your past steps on social media. Social media is not face-to-face interaction, but it is still real interaction with real people and real words.

Christians, when the digital dust clears, we must realize we follow – and represent – the One whose strap of His sandals we are not worthy to untie.

Here I blog…

Mark

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1 KeithWalker September 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I think Heidi Carico wants to be beaten and tortured so that she can feel justified to continue in her self-righteousness. There is nothing wrong with the Lewis quote. We are free to interpret what he means by dreams. Certainly having the dream of memorizing large passages of scripture is not evil. Is it?
Mark, there is also nothing wrong with your response. Duck, meet water. Let it roll off your back.

2 Darrin September 17, 2013 at 1:08 am

Mark, 
I see goofy quotes like the one you put up all the time on fb, so I just ignore them.  :p
Johnny Hunt – wow. Well, at least it’s not Jerry Vines.
Darrin

3 Mark Lamprecht September 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

KeithWalker  If we took her line of reasoning seems we would not be allowed to think about anything but Scripture. Nor could we plan ahead and set goals, etc. Anyway…It has rolled over, but I wanted to share further reflections.

4 Mark Lamprecht September 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

Darrin Easy now.

5 KeithWalker September 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

Mark Lamprecht KeithWalker  
I think it is good that you blogged about this. There are too many, as I call it, “stupid spiritual” Christians. You know, the ones who wouldn’t have tolerated the love, grace and kindness of our Lord. There is an old saying that it is possible to be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good. This is a perfect example.

Thanks!

6 Essie October 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

It’s not your imagination!!!  It’s like the Christian version of WWF Smackdown….but with words.   I’ve indulged a time or two myself…it started out with being so bothered by a genuinely grace-less comment from one Christian to another…. I thought I was bringing a “gentle” reminder about love and grace…and ended up keeping it going two many comments past enough.  I decided to just stop commenting…I cringe at thought of who is being negatively affected by these posts….

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