The Inner Turmoil of Living Out Faith (. . . on Facebook)

Hmm, I think this is interesting . . .

I had a little mental conversation (okay, argument) with myself this morning.  I was on Facebook and I ran across a really good video by Francis Chan that I wanted to “share”.

As some of you may know, I’ve got my Spiritual Drift FB page, and my own personal page; and I wasn’t quite sure onto which page I wanted to share this Chan video.  After all, this was an overtly religious point that Chan was making, and it was fairly specific on the responsibilities of following Christ.

My Spiritual Drift page, apart from being the landing page of all the posts here on my blog, is also the place where I put all of my “spiritual/religious/Christian” musings, links, quotes and so on.  And I got to thinking . . .

Why?

Why does my “religious” stuff go in one place, and the rest of my . . . life, essentially, go somewhere else?  And when it comes right down to it, don’t a lot of us who’ve crossed the line of faith do that?  We put on one face, or set of clothes, or virtues on Sunday and quite another the rest of the week?

As if God isn’t looking on Thursdays?   “Oh hey,” He says, “Good thing you came to church on Sunday and confessed what you were doing this last week.  I totally missed it!!”

Yeah, right!

Or is keeping my Christian beliefs separate from the rest of my life, my Facebook “friends”, and my . . . well, everything, my attempt at not stirring the waters?  Not offending anyone with beliefs separate from mine?  Not being one of “those” Christians?

Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
    but trusting the Lord means safety. (NLT)

Look . . . those who know me, know me.  Those who don’t . . . should 🙂  I mean, I’m awesome!

Again: yeah, right!

Maybe it was Chan’s little snippet of a video (linked below) that tipped my hand on this issue.
Maybe the thought has been there for some time and I just haven’t needed (or wanted) to acknowledge it until now.
Regardless of the reasoning, I’m going to be dropping my Spiritual Drift Facebook page over the weekend and linking everything directly through my personal page.

*GASP*
Deal with it!

. . . . I’m telling myself this as much as anyone else.

If I offend anyone with espousing my beliefs, I apologize; it certainly isn’t my intention.  But it IS who I am; and though we may differ, I love and respect all of you, differences and all!

Don’t like it?  “Unfriend” me.  We’re big kids here, and you have every right to live your life and manage your account as you see fit.  No skin off my nose, though I’ll be sad to see you go.

It’s so weird though, that up until this morning I felt okay with compartmentalizing my life.
Thinking that this was a good thing . . .

Galatians 1:10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (NLT)

John 5:44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. (NIV)

*Click here for that awesome Francis Chan video that set this whole thing off.
It’s only a minute long . . . enjoy!
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5 thoughts on “The Inner Turmoil of Living Out Faith (. . . on Facebook)”

  1. If I offend anyone with espousing my beliefs, I apologize; it certainly isn’t my intention. But it IS who I am; and though we may differ, I love and respect all of you, differences and all!

    Don’t like it? ”Unfriend” me. We’re big kids here, and you have every right to live your life and manage your account as you see fit. No skin off my nose, though I’ll be sad to see you go.

    I admire this mindset, but I do worry about it a little. I think it depends on how you use Facebook. Is it primarily a venue to keep up with what your friends are doing on a fairly casual basis, or do you view it as more of an outreach tool? Are there people on there that you’d like to stay connected to, but with whom you don’t want to get into religious arguments? I don’t use Facebook anymore, but when I did, I didn’t broadcast my religious opinions. Of course, as an atheist, my views tend to offend people more easily than Christianity does.

    I think there are ways to find a good balance. You could keep your Spiritual Drift page separate, but reference it from time to time. That way, anyone who’s interested can check it out, and anyone who’d like to keep your relationship less complicated could avoid it. Way back in the day of MySpace, I decided to do something similar to what you’re suggesting, and in my “About Me” section, I had a couple of paragraphs talking about my faith (which was Christianity, at the time). But since that was out there for everyone to see, now that my beliefs have changed, I don’t have a good way of updating those people on my change. And they may not even want to know about it — but that’s almost worse, since it will leave them with a false impression of me. However, my blog, which is totally dedicated to religion, has been the perfect venue to give the whole story of my journey through (and out of) faith. And the added bonus is that it’s only a story for those who are interested. My high school band director doesn’t have to know about it.

    I’m not sure if that makes sense or not, but I’d at least recommend thinking about it for several days — maybe a week. If you decide to keep them separate, I don’t think that says anything negative about the quality of your faith. I have more faith in you than that. 😉

    1. I admire this mindset, but I do worry about it a little. I think it depends on how you use Facebook. Is it primarily a venue to keep up with what your friends are doing on a fairly casual basis, or do you view it as more of an outreach tool?

      I think when I started the Spiritual Drift FB page, my idea WAS to have it be more of an outreach, but honestly I haven’t used it in that capacity for several months now, if ever. Initially, I think that was the idea behind having a separate page for S.D. As far as shifting everything to my personal page, I was going to put into the post something to the effect of not intending to bash people over the head with a religious sledgehammer, but instead I put in the part about “hey, those who know me, know me” . . . including yourself–though we’ve never met, and we have opposing religious views, I’ve never tried to ram it down your throat. It’s just not what I do. And the people that know me, know that. 🙂

      Are there people on there that you’d like to stay connected to, but with whom you don’t want to get into religious arguments?

      Hey, as long as everyone plays nice, I’m fine with discussing religious differences and alternate points of view. Again, that’s one of the things I appreciate about the relationship you and I have developed as opposed to say . . . Ark? (hehe!)

      Overall, I can’t see a whole heck of a lot of change to my personal page. Spiritual Drift has been linked there since the beginning; I’ve “friended” several of my blogging friends from WordPress (J.S. Park, Rick Alvey, etc.) and have shared several of their posts, quotes and comments. So this doesn’t seem like an overly radical switch to me. As I said in the post, what struck me as interesting was the mindset I had of ‘separating’ my religious self from my personal self . . . or maybe more accurately, the idea that I MIGHT be doing that. And THAT certainly wasn’t my intention for having a separate page.

      Maybe down the road there may be cause to resurrect it (as a true outreach, etc.) but for now, I think solidifying my FB ‘selves’ is as much for me as it is for simplicity.

  2. Hey guys, I’ve gone thru similar thought processes. I have a personal Facebook page because people I know invited me and I keep in contact with them that way, and a separate Facebook page for each of my 2 blogs. I did that deliberately so that only people who specifically “liked” either blog get the posts, and other friends (mostly christian) who didn’t sign on for that don’t get it. I probably lose some readers that way, but I don’t want to contribute the “Facebook spam”.

    1. That’s a good point Unkle, and somewhat another reason I started a separate page for S.D. I’m not too worried about spamming though, I’m really not that prolific 🙂 And, at least in the near future I may be even less so. If anyone is tired of me, it’s more likely my random comments about what I’m listening to or what my kids are doing more than anything else. 🙂

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