Cut-and-Paste Faith

I hate those cut-and-paste Facebook statuses.  The other day, this one got me thinking:

“I believe in Jesus Christ. One Facebooker has challenged all believers to put this on their wall. The Bible says, if you deny me in front of your peers, I will deny you in front of my father. This is a simple test. If you are not afraid to show it, re-post this. I proudly did.”

I know this looks and sounds good, but I have a couple of issues with it.  First, it’s a little childish, like this triple dog dare:

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If you’re one of my Facebook friends, you’ve probably noticed that, with the possible exception of the occasional snarky status, I don’t do the whole copy and paste thing.  Part of that is due to what I mentioned above.  But, to be honest, most of those things are just stupid.  Try this one on for size:

 “WITHOUT GOD… our week would be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday, Seven days without God – Makes one Weak! (If you’re not ashamed of God, post this to your status.)”

Then, there are the ones from offended Christians like this one:

“They may want to take Christ out of Christmas, but they can never take Christ out of me. If you are proud to be a Christian and are not ashamed of Christ then post this as your status for 1 day as a light to the world. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also …acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, I will deny him more”

Look at this one and then I’ll tell you something else:

“Hi Lord. We’re getting older and things are getting bad here. No jobs….gas, food & utility costs too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government & even Christmas, but Lord I’m asking you to come back & re-bless America. We really need you! There are more of us who want you than those who don’t! Thank You Lord, I Love you. If you agree, re-post.”

Both of these talk about how America has abandoned God and taken Him out of things like schools, government and Christmas.  The problem with this idea is that God was never in supposed in schools and government in the first place and, since Christmas is about the birth of the son of God, taking Him out of Christmas is ridiculous.  Basically, what people are lamenting here is that Christians are having to share the spotlight a little.  The point of the changes in holiday celebrations is not to oppress Christians, it’s to keep us from rubbing other religion’s noses in our ascendency.   Christians have been on top for a long time and now we see a possible end to that ascendency in the future, which scares the shit out of us.  The second status has another little tidbit I find interesting.  It talks about how bad things are here in America and asks  God to “re-bless” us.  But, even now, when things seem to be in the shitter for the U. S., we’re still so much better off than the rest of the world it’s not funny.  Think about it for minute, we’re sitting here bemoaning our slow economy on computers that cost several hundred dollars with internet connections for which we pay around $50-60 per month.  All the while, ensconced in a safe and secure home with air conditioning, electricity and hot and cold running water a few steps away.  Meanwhile, not five miles from where I sit writing this, there are people living in tents, scrounging daily for enough to eat and carrying water from a tap God knows how far away.  In some areas of the world, people are dealing with all that and more.  No clean drinking water for miles and the constant threat of attack by rival tribesmen who want nothing more than to exterminate them and their family.  I’d say God has blessed us rather well.

If someone came up with a Facebook status that could translate to living Christian values in the real world, as opposed to the virtual one, I might copy and paste that.  Until then…,