"The Church must send or the church will end." — Mendell Taylor
I have the oddest thinks.
I don't post much on FB. Purely from a practical viewpoint my computer is more than likely to have a conniption & melt down all over cyberspace. For another my FB page bothers me. It has bothered me for some time but seeing as what I do on FB [mostly] is play games I have let it ride & let it ride as if by ignoring the whole thing it would just go away & I wouldn't have to think 'cause thinking hurts, dontcha know.
My friends list divides pretty evenly into *Christian* & non~Christian. I imagine most of my Christian friends have the same thing Every so often something so questionable hits my wall I have to delete it but that doesn't bother me too much. That's what the delete button is for & seriously, what else can anyone expect from those who don't know Christ yet?
What is far more bothersome is what hits my wall from Christians. Now don't get me wrong. I appreciate enormously the encouraging notes, the pretty pics, the links to interesting articles, you tube clips, sermons etc but more & more I have been struck by something that is making me rethink even keeping my FB page.
Nowhere in my bible can I find an injunction to argue with fellow believers over doctrine. Yet more often than not that is what I see happening ~ not from those actually on my friend's list but there seems to be a general thing in Christian circles where Christians wade in boots & all to argue doctrine to the death with other Christians ~ after Christ so clearly stated They will know you are my disciples by your love!
And it has struck my rather muddled brain that if we were actually doing what Christ asked us to do & expending our energy proclaiming the Good News to those who have not heard it & demonstrating Christ's love to those who do not know it we would be far less likely to be involved in vain arguements ~ because I have yet to see anyone actually change their opinion over what gets posted on FB.
I do understand we are to study the Word to ensure we are not in error ~ we are to study ~ because it is the Spirit who leads us into all Truth. What has left a bitter taste in my mouth is that in the name of proclaiming the truth Christians have waged an internal war that is an incredibly poor witness to unbelievers. Given the sheer savagery with which some commentators express their opionion [backed by scripture] I don't wonder why the world wants nothing to do with us when we know [or should know] it is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance. [Rom.2:4]
So is it just me or does this bother others also? And what is the answer?