“I have more friends than you!” Back in the day this could have been one of those heart-wrenching phrases that deserved a “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” response. However, today, in the world of digital technology, having more “friends” simply means you don’t mind people creeping on your “space.”
OK, sure, it may have to do with actually having more friends, but not necessarily.
I struggle with Facebook and friend-ing people. Do I friend everyone I see so that I can potentially spread the gospel more on my Facebook? Or do I limit my friends and utilize its functionality to truly reach people with a connection first?
Years ago, I limited who I accepted as a “friend.” Now I’m a little more agnostic about it, and don’t really care about who friends me – most times I don’t even know if I have a friend request pending or not.
So the real question then is: how can we use something the world created to teach the “unworldly” truth about the Gospel?
If I recall, Jesus didn’t have many friends (look at the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and other religious leaders). On the contrary, He did manage to have the largest speaking engagements in the country at the time at upwards of 5,000 men plus women and children (Matthew 14:13-21).
So, how should we deal with Facebook and our friends? Some people would say “first deal with who your true friends are.” I think Jesus, on the other hand, would say “Go to all the nations, make disciples of all people” (paraphrased from Matthew 28:19).