I’ll admit it.
I might have a problem.
I am in love with Facebook.
It started innocently when I created my profile in 2008 when Joe and I were expecting our first child. It was a fun way to share pictures, thoughts, and anxieties about this new chapter in our lives with the friends and family we have scattered across the country. We enjoyed being able to connect with people whom we loved and who loved us back, even though separated across miles. It seemed like a fun toy, maybe a little bit of a distraction, and with other social media sights around, I had no sense it would become such a big part of my life, as it is today.
I wake up in the morning and part of my routine includes checking Facebook for posts throughout the night. Which there are usually only a few to catch up on, because one of the last things I usually do before going to bed includes the same.
You and I can agree to disagree on the health/unhealth of my Facebook viewing habits…however, I am in love with Facebook because of the way it helps connect me with friends, family, and strangers around the world. I believe I am a better Christian because of Facebook.
It’s on Facebook that I hear about votes happening in the state senate of Hawaii to legally move ahead with marriage equality. It’s on Facebook that I have theological discussions with my brilliant UCC colleagues about the theology of Advent vs. Christmas hymns, safe church policies, power and authority issues in multi-staff congregations, bullies on governing boards, (and these were all just in one week!). It’s on Facebook that I share prayers of hope and healing with friends I’ve known for years, and others I’ve never met face to face. It’s on Facebook that I see the links to stories and pictures from the interests of the wide net of my friends, that all remind me of the great diversity, beauty, pain, anguish, and overwhelming grace and love that is our world. It’s on Facebook that I am introduced to opportunities every single day to more fully and boldly follow Jesus.
I trust that Facebook won’t be around forever. And I will have to learn a new habit in the future. But for now, I’m in love with Facebook because it helps me love others and our world more fully and deeply and boldly.
Does your church have a Facebook page? We’d love to know about it and follow it in the conference office!
Did you know that the Iowa Conference UCC has a Facebook page? We’d love if you’d “like” it and post your comments, links, pictures, and ideas!
What an amazing world and time we live in…a time when boldly following Jesus sometimes means remembering your login and password!