This is what I found on Facebook this afternoon. I’ve seen versions of this post many, many times. I have a problem with it. Please read it and I’ll explain.
Here’s the thing. A reminder that our hearts and thoughts are supposed to be focused on the Christ and not on Best Buy and Macy’s? I’m all good with that. If you’re a Christian, take that to heart and try to spend as much time on prayer and in the scripture as you do flipping through catalogs. Many of my Facebook friends post prayer concerns, mission possibilities, testimonials and encouragement and I think that’s great.
What I object to, and I see this over and over again in Christian posts, is the insistence that I repost the reminder, and if I don’t, the declaration that I am thereby denying my Lord.
I’m sorry, but you don’t get to make that decision. Ditto to all my friends who post pictures in support of our military, again with the added, “Repost IF you support our troops…”
Please feel free to share whatever you like on Facebook–it’s that kind of medium and I’m seeing absolutely mind-boggling things there, enough to plot a book, BUT…
Please do not tell me that if I do not choose to share my faith, my patriotism, my politics, or, for crying out loud, the love of my children, exactly the way you have chosen to share yours, it means I’m not a Christian, a true American, a loving mother, whatever.
There is only One who can make that judgement. It’s not you.