Life is tough, so I can see how inspirational devotional messages can be comforting. But I’m also a big fan of the truth, and I think that if anyone claims to speak on behalf of Jesus then it is helpful if whatever comes out of their mouth (or keyboard) next involves a quote from the Bible, in context. All sorts of mischief, whether well meant or not, can result when we start putting words in the mouth of Jesus.
Lately I’ve seen people (Facebook) liking some of the things addressed by Marie in Musings from a Theo-Geek: “Jesus Daily” Seems to Be Another Jesus….
“Jesus Daily” is some sort of daily devotional Christian group, who posts status updates in the first person…as if coming personally from Jesus Christ. Probably half the Christians I know are subscribed . . .
This “Jesus” seems big on “Friend suggesting” Himself to your Facebook friends. (Cringe). “Friend suggesting” Jesus seems to be symbolic of everything that’s wrong with modern evangelism, in a manner of speaking.
A sampling of the “wisdom” coming from “Jesus” in the last few days:
YOU AND I CAN DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER! Remember when I promised you, “With God all things are possible”? Well I was serious. What problem do we need to work on today? Like or type Yes if you believe My Words.
DO YOU GIVE ME YOUR PROBLEMS TODAY? I’LL SOLVE THEM.
(This demands some comment — since when do we share the Gospel with people, promising that Jesus will solve all their problems?? This is a dangerous half-truth.)
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I KNOW YOU MADE A MESS. I’M READY TO FIX IT.
Umm….this one needs no comment.
Moral of the story: if you want to hear from the Lord Jesus, open your Bible. You’re probably not going to hear from Him on Facebook. Social media is a tool to be used wisely in sharing the Truth, but not by telling the masses soothing, positive words devoid of any context.
Yes, if you want to hear from Jesus, open the Bible! Or at least ensure you are giving equal time to it in addition to whatever devotionals you are reading. It is the best way to know if what you are getting is being interpreted properly. And you are much more likely to stay in balance. My guess is that non-believers reading the “Facebook Jesus” posts are unlikely to ever feel convicted with the need to repent and believe.