I had the opportunity to counsel a “friend” through the process of deleting a Facebook post — a process I am downright evangelistic about, by the way; I know of no other “skill” so easily acquired, so desperately needful, and so seldom practiced.  It’s basically a matter of clicking things that look like they would like to be clicked, looking for the word “delete,” then clicking that.

Her post was vulgar.  She claims to be a Christian.  I assumed she would not want to be associated with such things, and she confirmed that.  But (she claimed) she couldn’t find the item on her wall.  I explained how to find it in as much detail as I could manage without being overtly insulting.  No luck.  This went on for more than an hour — during which, by the way, she posted ten more times. Literally.

I have some theories.  One, she has no idea how Facebook works.  Two, she was just stringing me along.  Three, I need to manage my time better.  I think at least two of them are accurate.

My point was, and is, Christians should be absolutely obsessive about the way we come across.  We must walk carefully (Ephesians 5:19) when we wear His name.  Plugs for environmentally sound burial options and escape rooms can wait.  We have souls to save.  And we will have a hard time if we are, consciously or unconsciously, part of the problem.  Beam first.  Motes later. 

About Hal Hammons

Hal is the preacher for the Lakewoods Drive church of Christ in Georgetown, Texas. He is also the host of the Citizen of Heaven podcast, available through most podcast providers as well as YouTube. He and his wife Tracie are the parents of two daughters, owners of one miniature schnauzer, and custodians of a disturbingly large collection of board games.