Nobody is as happy as he seems on Facebook. And no one is as “spiritual” as he seems in what we deem as “spiritual” enough for Christian worship. Maybe what we need in our churches is more tears, more failure, more confession of sin, more prayers of desperation that are too deep for words.
Maybe then the lonely and the guilty and the desperate among us will see that the gospel has come not for the happy, but for the brokenhearted; not for the well, but for the sick; not for the found, but for the lost.
So don’t worry about those shiny, happy people on Facebook. They need comfort, and deliverance, as much as you do. And, more importantly, let’s stop being those shiny, happy people when we gather in worship. Let’s not be embarrassed to shout for joy, and let’s not be embarrassed to weep in sorrow. Let’s train ourselves not for spin control, but for prayer, for repentance, for joy. –Russell Moore
I SO agree with these last few paragraphs of a recent blog post on Moore to the Point about how facebook is making us sad.
I remember when I first was coming out of a long, deep depression a few years ago. I was at a Christian gathering full of missionaries, as I introduced myself I had no qualms expressing my recent struggles and God’s great kindness towards to these near strangers because I knew they were sisters in the Lord. My blunt honesty was met with blank stares.
It bothered me then and still does now that we are not “allowed” to show weaknesses, not permitted to be frail. But, the reality is I am OH so thankful that my God is a God of mercy who forgives my wretched sin. The reality is that it is ok to boast in OUR weaknesses (2 Cor11:30 and 12:5).
Father, keep my heart soft. Help me to be transparent with others and honest about my struggles and weaknesses to You, to myself, and to my fellow brothers and sister in Christ. And, when we gather to worship You, let us be a people able to express our emotions, both our joys and of sorrows.