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Facebook, the Church, and Unhappiness

January 27, 2011

Russell Moore does it again: Why Facebook (and Your Church) Might Be Making You Sad

A couple stand out lines –

“‘By showcasing the most witty, joyful, bullet-pointed versions of people’s lives, and inviting constant comparisons in which we tend to see ourselves as the losers, Facebook appears to exploit an Achilles’ heel of human nature’… But, it seems to me, the very same phenomenon is present in the pews of our Christian churches.”

“We can easily sing with the prophet Jeremiah, “great is thy faithfulness” (Lam. 3:23). But who can imagine singing, in church, with Jeremiah: “You have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through. You have made us scum and garbage among all the peoples” (Lam. 3:43-45).”

“By not speaking, where the Bible speaks, to the full range of human emotion—including loneliness, guilt, desolation, anger, fear, desperation—we only leave our people there, wondering why they just can’t be “Christian” enough to smile through it all.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 30, 2011 11:49 am

    interesting article. i can totally relate to how FB can b a downer. i often wonder why i am still on it. love you.

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