Dear Jonny, Facebook Religion?
What do you think of people on facebook who are constantly quoting bible verses, attempting to preach the word, and so on?
Good question. I think it’s weird. The pursuit of religious understanding should be a quiet, personal, sober journey; not a billboard advertisement on a social networking site. In one status update you’re using a passage from the Bible to either promote your own faith (vain and self-righteous) or to “teach” others how they should live their lives (presumptuous and misguided), and in the next you’re chatting about who said what about so-and-so at the office Christmas party, or which quarterback got traded to whatever team for X amount of money. That cheapens and trivializes religion, which, aside from being hypocritical, is just downright embarrassing. But it does bring attention. And people like attention. It makes them feel smart, needed, important, and valuable, which is something everyone can identify with. Unfortunately, just because you cut and paste and post a few words from a religious text, say something like “These words remind me that all difficulties are merely parts of God’s plan,” then have a handful of people hit the “like” button and/or respond with a “Right on!” or a “I feel the same way!,” doesn’t mean you’ve done anything other than attempt to validate your existence and/or provide the opportunity for others to do the same; all with a few swift key strokes and a click of the mouse. Achieving true spirituality is just a liiiiiittle harder than that. But that’s just me.