Don’t you just love the negative stuff that gets shared on Facebook? NOT.
Here’s one from today that has been shared over 94,000 times regarding a comment made nearly six years ago. The photo, however, does not appear to be six years old.
“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus….So all I can say is suck it Jesus. This is my god now.” ~ Kathy Griffin
Click here to watch the video on Youtube.
Her statement (whether she meant it or not) says something that few people recognize – our god is whatever we desire most. But that’s not what I’m blogging about today.
The responses to this “share” were not hope-filled. I suppose if they were made by those who are not Christ-followers that would be okay because it would indicate that at least they believe Jesus is worthy of more respect. However, I’m guessing that the majority of those responses were by self-proclaimed “followers of Jesus.”
Interestingly, when one of Jesus’ closest followers responded defensively in situations, Jesus rebuked him telling this devoted follower that he did not have “in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Matthew 16:23 NIV). Peter is rebuked again when he cuts off the ear of the guard arresting Jesus (John 18:11).
I expect that if Jesus had a Facebook account he wouldn’t “like” comments that are meant to “defend” his name. He would probably prefer a “weep” option. Snopes.com quoted Griffin as saying: “she was simply parodying rappers, starlets, and athletes who thank Jesus for the recognitions they receive as if Jesus doesn’t have anything better to do than make sure that someone got their People’s Choice Award or whatever.’” (emphasis mine)
This is perhaps the more common mindset of not just those who don’t know Jesus but sadly of those who profess to know him personally.
Here’s some good news for Kathy Griffin and all who think Jesus has better things to do:
Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30
Here’s something that would help everyone on Facebook:
- Read carefully. Consider the source and intent. If it seems vague – no specific locations, names, or dates – it’s most likely not true. If it appears to be true, remember there are always at least two sides to every story.
- Check Snopes.com before you add your comment, like or share anything. Many “shares” are only partially true at best. Yesterday one implied there are 28 Amendments to the US Constitution.
- Christ follower or not, I challenge you to ask Jesus to give you eyes to see what he sees. Respond or don’t respond with “the concerns of God in mind, not merely human concerns.”
Follow the way of truth and love, my friends, even on Facebook.
If I speak in human or angelic tongues,
but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:1