I heard someone say that airplanes, boats, and other modes of transportation (among other things) were just a few of God’s great inventions. Airplanes and boats have been vital in the spread of the Gospel. I had never thought about it that way, so I guess it is a valid statement. So I began thinking about the internet, Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media, they all are wonderful tools for spreading God’s Word. But these tools are used in negative ways too. Instant access to pornography and other media has proved harmful to many businesses, families, marriages and even pastors. So what God intended for good, is twisted and misused by His enemy.
One form of social media in particular has been my “Soapbox” lately, Facebook. If there is urgent prayer needed, it is wonderful in getting the word out quickly and you can certainly never have too much prayer. My issue is that it is keeping people from close, intimate, personal relationships. Many times I see people post where they are sick or there has been a death in the family, many people comment “Get Well”, “Feel Better” or “I am so sorry for your loss”. I too am guilty of this. But recently it struck me, how impersonal is that? We are telling people over social media that we are sorry their loved one has died, really? Have we really become so busy and insensitive that we cannot send a card, or pick up the phone and call, take them a meal, or go visit them and hug their neck? What has happened? I experienced this first-hand last Fall when my father-in-law died. Everyone was quick to send condolences on Facebook, but we received very few cards. I could count them on one hand. And only my Mother brought us food.
Now did we need food? No, we did not. But what we did need was for people to care. And that is what we felt, that no one really cared about us or that my husband’s Dad had died. Someone said to me that they did not bring us a meal because there was no funeral. Why did it matter that there was no funeral? It is about caring for others, not about whether there was a funeral or not.
I used to buy boxes of sympathy and get wet well cards to send to people on the prayer bulletin. Even if I did not know them, I did it. Sadly working full-time stopped that habit. No excuse, I know. I still occasionally send one, but not like in the past. So I am renewing efforts to start again. There have been several recently that I have seen on Facebook, and I have sent a card. This week I have taken a sick friend soup, called a few people I have lost touch with, gone to lunch with friends and attended the funeral of another friends mother. I am making an effort, so these people have someone show they care about their hurt and grief.
So today, please show someone you care. Next time you see a death posted, send a card. Do you have someone you have lost touch with? Pick up the phone and call them. Jesus addressed this very thing in Matthew 22: 36-39 when asked what is the greatest commandment:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’“
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 (NLT)