by Macy Johnson
“There is no fear in love. But perfect
love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears
is not made perfect in love.”
(1 John 4:18 NIV)
received an email from the committee of our upcoming 50th year high
school reunion. Instructions included a nudge to connect on Facebook for
updates. I slowly passed over that suggestion. Should I reactivate my
over a year since I turned my back on social media. My departure was triggered
by a message saying my account had been “hacked.” The isolation began and I
slipped slowly into a dull fog of aloneness with minimal connections.
This week I
bravely reactivated my Facebook account and restored decades of friendships. The
best way to counter a hacker’s attack is to change passwords often. More
importantly, I choose not to fear, but accept it as a part of this fallen
Can God be
revealed in social media? In Jesus’ parable of the shrewd manager He calls us to
use the things of this world in order to bring others to Him. I see God all
through Facebook, in the lives and postings of His children.
“I tell you, use worldly wealth to
gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into
(Luke 16:9 NIV)
A word of
caution: Jesus closes the parable by saying, “What is highly valued among men
is detestable in God’s sight.” I am committed to a Facebook Sabbath every week to
help me avoid any addiction.
I will not
be afraid of losing connections when I am wrapped in the perfect love of Jesus.
Everything is under His control, not mine.
rejoice in the arms of my Lord, where all fear is gone. I hope you will, too!